Cocaine from suspected Taiwanese freighter washes up in Philippines

A plastic drum packed with cocaine valued at millions of dollars washed up on the shores of eastern Philippines in the town of Matnog, 250 miles south of Manila, reported local media last Friday January 5th.

The drum was discovered by a local fisherman on January 3rd and reported the same day to the authorities, who found about 24 kilograms of cocaine bricks wrapped in plastic, according to Christian Frivaldo, regional director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

A Taiwan-flagged cargo ship was hit by huge waves off the eastern Philippines just a day before the drum filled with cocaine was discovered. Christian Frivaldo also mentioned in his statement that nine of the Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwanese crew members from the vessel were in the authorities’ custody after being rescued from the damaged ship and were currently under investigation.