At least 11 plastic bags containing suspected shabu, each weighing approximately one kilo, were handed over to authorities in Agno, Pangasinan.

According to the police, several young individuals stumbled upon the bags along the shore in Barangay Baruan while out on a picnic.

They reportedly mistook the contents for something else, which was why they played with them before leaving them behind, unaware that they were drugs.

"Nakita namin, binuksan namin… kumuha kami ng droga, akala namin tawas," one of the young individuals, said.

Upon hearing the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) call regarding the recovery of illegal drugs in the coastal areas of Region 1, they realized the possibility that they had found drugs and reported the discovery to authorities. 

The bags were recovered on July 9, 2024.

The police said the plastic bags containing the suspected illegal drugs bear Chinese markings and the words "CAI YUN LI". 

Another bag containing suspected shabu was also found at the beach in Barangay Macaboboni on July 6.

"‘Yung mga Chinese markings nito, based sa PDEA (philippine drug enforcement agency) at crime lab, same ito sa narekober for the past week sa Ilocos Sur.. of course yung markings niya [ay] Chinese [so] automatic galing sa China ‘yan," PCOL. Jeff Fanged, Director of Pangasinan Provincial Police Office, said.

The suspected shabu will be submitted to the Crime Laboratory for analysis.

Meanwhile, a large plastic bag containing suspected shabu was found by a fisherman at sea, approximately 12 nautical miles from Barangay Bobon, Burgos, Ilocos Norte.

According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), the plastic bag, also marked with Chinese characters, was found to contain an estimated 997.62 grams of suspected illegal drugs, valued at around P7 million.

Authorities believe this could be part of the packages of shabu previously recovered by fishermen along the shores of Ilocos.