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Bags of Marijuana found floating at sea

March 4 - 10, 2017

SAN RICARDO – Diosdado Bakhawon was fishing at the seawaters of Kinachawa village in San Ricardo town here last Tuesday morning when he got the biggest surprise of his life.

He pulled out a big blue plastic container that he found floating on the sea. When he opened it, the container had 22 plastic bags of high grade marijuana estimated to be worth millions of pesos.

Bakhawon immediately turned over the dried marijuana leaves to Demetrio Malto, barangay captain of Kinachawa who then alerted the town police.

In a report submitted to Senior Supt. Warren de Leon, Southern Leyte police director, Insp. Benjamin Florano, San Ricardo police chief, said verification showed that the dried leaves were indeed high grade marijuana.

Florano said the 22 big bags weighed a total of 23.5 kilos and were brought to the Southern Leyte Provincial Police Office (SLPPO) for further examination, including the plastic container.

Chief Insp. Ariel Nuñez, SLPPO Intelligence chief, said they were still conducting an investigation to determine where these marijuana leaves came from.

He said that there was a possibility that these came from an international ship that passed through the Pacific Ocean. The owner might have dropped off the package out of fear of getting caught.

Nuñez said the container might have been dropped for quite sometime because rock oysters were already growing on it.(By MARK L. RIMAS)






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