US searched homes of Fil-Am in PH drug cartel mess


Posted at Jan 16 2014 01:39 PM | Updated as of Jan 16 2014 09:39 PM


MANILA – Drug enforcement authorities in the US went after a Filipino-American who leased a portion of a farm at the LPL ranch in Lipa, Batangas where 80 kilos of shabu allegedly from the Siniloa Mexican Drug Cartel were found.

Atty. Roque Merdegia of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force said US authorities searched the homes of Fil-Am Jorge Torres in California. Torres is said to be a member of the drug cartel.

"Sinearch mga bahay ni Torres sa California, wala namang nakuha. Continuous pa rin ang hot pursuit sa kanya," said Merdegia.

Once a warrant of arrest is issued against Torres, he will be ordered to return to the Philippines.

"Marami tayong makukuhang information sa kanya, kung sino pa ang naritong members ng Sinoloa Drug Cartel na until now narito pa din sa Pilipinas," said Merdegia.

Local authorities were alarmed with the entry of drugs from Siniloa, the biggest drug cartel in Mexico and the US, in the country.

"Sa Pilipinas, nakita nila potential, merkado, transhipment point papunta sa Asia, sa ibang bansa," said Merdegia.

Authorities also discovered that some members of Independent Soldiers, a notorious drug trafficking group in Canada, are already here in the country, following the raid in the condominium they rented in Fort Bonifacio which they used as a laboratory for illegal drugs.

"Nagkaroon sila ngayon ng market sa cocaine, kasi sabi ng informant ang karamihan gumagamit ng coccain VIP high rollers sa casino," said Atty. Eric Isidoro, Ex-O, NBI Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force.

However, the still biggest suppliers of illegal drugs in the country are the Chinese drug lords. Authorities estimate there are at least 30 groups that are still active today.

Just last year, illegal drugs seized by authorities have increased by 600 percent.

"kung lumabas yun sa merkado, ilang Pilipino ang mabibiktima noon? Ilang kabataan ang mabibiktima? Ilang pamilya ang mawawasak noon? Nakakatakot," added Merdegia. Report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News