A quick-thinking fisherman led authorities to 37 blocks of cocaine floating in the waters off the coast of Cagdianao on Dinagat Islands.
The report of the incident identified the fisherman as Goni Curada, a resident of Purok 2, Barangay Poblacion, Cagdianao.
Curada spotted suspicious objects floating in the water at around 5:30 p.m on Tuesday. He reported this to the authorities who fished out and seized the packages. These were discovered to be blocks of cocaine. A total of 37 cocaine packages were recovered from the water.
The Philippine National Police on Friday commended Curada for his role in the fight against illegal drugs.
“The PNP commends the good deed of the fisherman for his active participation and vigilance in making his community safe. The recovered items of cocaine were brought to (the) Regional Crime Lab,” PNP spokesperson, Senior Supt. Bernard Banac said in a message sent to reporters.
Drug smugglers reportedly drop shipments into the water, to be picked up by their distributors onshore. This practice used as a way to evade authorities while delivering illegal drugs.
Thanks to Curada, what was potentially a large shipment of cocaine has been intercepted. The 37 blocks are now with the Regional Crime Lab and will not be used to supply the Philippine drug trade.
Last year, President Duterte implemented a “whole-of-nation” approach to solving the drug crisis. This meant institutionalizing anti-drug efforts, but a critical element is also citizen participation. Curada’s quick-thinking and vigilance took a significant amount of illegal drugs off the streets.