By Aaron Recuenco
Had it turned out to be money, then 44-year old fish vendor Ruel Perez could have been a multi-millionaire now.
But what he found at the coastline of Barangay Cagsiay 1 in Mauban, Quezon were seven bricks of cocaine with a street value of P35 million, prompting him to immediately seek police assistance.
Lt. Col. Julio Go, chief of the intelligence unit of Quezon Provincial Police Office, said that they already turned over the bricks to the Crime Laboratory to determine if the white substance inside the bricks were indeed cocaine.
“The bricks contain white substance wrapped on a packaging tape with Rockstar energy drink logo believed to be cocaine,” said Go.
Perez said he and his family were having a picnic on Sunday morning near at the coastline of Barangay Cagsiay when he noticed the bricks floating.
When he checked, he was surprised to see the bricks which are similar to the ones being recovered in various parts of the country that contain cocaine.
More than 200 bricks of cocaine were already found in various coastal areas from Mindanao to Luzon since February this year.
The cocaine bricks are believed to be part of a big cocaine haul that were supposed to be delivered to Australia last year.
Authorities suspect that the cocaine drug haul may have been deliberately dumped in the high seas after the transporters were intercepted by foreign Coast Guard personnel or the vessel carrying them met sea mishap.