The Narcotics Enforcement Agency (NEA) has asked the public and the state rangers to report any sightings of packages containing dangerous, illegal substance following reports last week that fishermen found several packages of suspected cocaine floating ashore in Surigao del Sur, Philippines.

NEA Director Ismael Aguon, in a phone interview, told Island Times that they wanted to be proactive in the seizure of illegal substances especially that similar reports also happened to Palau’s neighboring areas such as Guam and the Marshall Islands last year.

Aguon said that the office does not want the illegal substance to arrive in the shores of Palau but they wanted to alert the public that there is news of sightings of the illegal substance drifting ashore in Palau’s closest neighbors.

NEA immediately issued a public notice to notify the public about the incident. Aguon said that their office did not receive any reports of suspicious floating packages after the issuance of the public notice so far.

Two Filipino fishermen reportedly found 34 packages of substance believed to be cocaine that were floating in the Philippine seawater on February 24.

Philippine cops reportedly found that the recovered packs were similar to the ones found in the shores in the eastern seaboard of the Philippines which were wrapped in packaging tape and had a dollar sign marking. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)