TODAY'S HEADLINES

'Mario' leaves at least 7 dead, intensifies as it moves away from Northern Luzon 20-Sep-14, 8:03 AM | Jaime Sinapit, Pots de Leon and Imelda V. Albano, InterAksyon.com

Casualty count from storm Mario and Habagat rains: 5 dead, 1 missing 19-Sep-14, 7:21 PM | Jaime Sinapit and Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com

CORRUPTION UNDER MARTIAL LAW | Marcos and his 'temple of doom' 20-Sep-14, 10:17 PM | Joel C. Paredes, InterAksyon.com

Close to P100M damage on roads in 3 regions by Tropical Storm 'Mario' 21-Sep-14, 12:30 AM | Ferdinand G. Patinio, Philippines News Agency

F1 2014 | Hamilton snatches dramatic pole from Rosberg 21-Sep-14, 12:50 AM | Agence France-Presse

World

Cocaine haul worth $48 million washes ashore on Japan beach

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

TOKYO--A haul of cocaine with an estimated street value of $48 million has washed ashore on a beach south of Tokyo, reports said Thursday, with authorities suspecting seafaring traffickers.

An elderly local resident found 80 kilograms (175 pounds) of the drug inside backpacks that were tied together and reported it to police, Jiji Press and other media said.

The bags were outfitted with a buoy and illuminated markers and authorities suspect that they were lost by seafaring traffickers, the reports said.

Police reportedly said the drugs had an estimated street value of 4.8 billion yen ($48 million).

Local authorities declined to comment on the reports when contacted by AFP.