Will not be brought to Manila where it would be in danger of falling into the hands of drug syndicates
Task Force Cocaine has recommended that the haul of high-grade cocaine discovered in an empty reefer van in a private wharf will be burned in Davao City and will not be sent to Manila.
The task force is an inter-agency body especially created to investigate the smuggling and establish the group behind it.
In its final report, Task Force Cocaine said the drug haul was not destined for Davao but was to be transshipped to South Korea.
It said it will coordinate with trans-national drug agencies to establish the international syndicate behind the drug found in an empty reefer van at the Sumifro wharf in late March.
The task force recommended that the drug haul be destroyed any time this month.
Earlier, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he wanted the drugs to be burned in Davao City and not brought to Manila where it would be in danger of falling into the hands of drug syndicates.
I will not allow it to get out of Davao, Duterte said.
When it reaches Manila, that drug will go around in circulation, said Duterte in a hint the burning of the illegal drugs here would abort any attempt to spirit it out which could happen if the cocaine bricks are sent to Manila authorities.
The discovery of the drugs — 64 bricks recovered with 2 still missing — inside a Maersk refrigerated container at the Sumifro Wharf is the second in the city believed by authorities as being used as transshipment point by international drug syndicates.
In 2009, authorities also discovered from a Maersk van a smaller haul of cocaine stuffed in several containers’ air-conditioning vents.
Shoot to kill order
As police and anti-narc agents were combing Davao City for the missing bricks of cocaine ‘Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said those keeping missing bricks from a haul of high-grade cocaine discovered in a reefer van in a private wharf shall be considered as “drug lords.”
Duterte issued a “shoot-to-kill” order to police as several of 64 bricks remain missing after the March 22 discovery of the illegal drugs in a Maersk container van at the Tibungco wharf of banana-exporting company Sumifro.
UPDATE: Only 2 bricks missing. Suspect who had the bricks already identified but has left Davao City.
“I have a shoot-to-kill order against those who have them, especially if they will resist arrest,” Duterte said over reports that cocaine, possibly part of the Sumifro find were being peddled in the city.
Twenty-four bricks were initially recovered on the day the contraband cargo, stuffed in compartments rigged at the van’s ceiling, was found and another 32 were recovered or surrendered.
Thirty more of the missing bricks were either recovered during follow-up operations or returned by Sumifro port workers after Duterte dangled a P100,000 reward for each brick returned.