Contents of ‘floating container’ negative of shabu

DAGUPAN CITY — The contents of a plastic container, which was found by four fishermen from Infanta town floating in mid-sea last Aug. 27, do not contain methamphetamine hydrochloride, police said.

A report early Sunday by Bombo Radyo Dagupan, quoted Chief Inspector Manuel Garcia Jr., chief of police of Infanta, that he received a call from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Pangasinan informing him that based on laboratory test results, the contents of the plastic container was negative of methamphetamine hydrochloride and of other substances used in making shabu.

Garcia turned over Friday the container and its contents to PDEA Pangasinan Agent Dexter Asayco in the presence of Infanta Mayor Marvin Martinez, Supt. Marlon Canam, police deputy provincial director for administration, policemen from the intelligence branch, among others.

The container and its contents will still be sent to PDEA Manila for further confirmatory tests.

Fishermen found a gray plastic container floating somewhere in the waters off the boundary of Pangasinan and La Union while fishing.

Upon reaching their home port of Cato in Infanta town, the fishermen immediately reported the matter to Barangay Captain Charlito Manigo of Cato, who immediately called the Infanta police.