DEA says packages that washed up on shore are possibly cocaine


Guam – The suspicious package that washed up on the shore line near Hawaiian Rock has been identified.

The U.S. Drug enforcement Agency has confirmed that two packages of suspected cocaine hydrochloride washed up on the shore line of Hawaiian Rock, prompting the shut down of the facility on Saturday.

According to DEA resident agent in charge of Guam and Saipan, Edward Talbot, the packages contained approximately 4.4 pounds of suspected cocaine as lab confirmation has not been received to positively identify the substance.

Talbot says that he has been told of past instances in which drugs have washed up on Guam shores and the DEA is “very aware of the maritime distribution efforts and are actively investigating on Guam, Saipan and the Western Pacific.”

He further shares that since Saturday the DEA continues to search and monitor the area for additional packages to ensure public safety.

He thanks local law enforcement agencies, sharing that the local and federal cooperative effort was smooth and worked out well to locate and contain the packages.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.