Manila 'drug queen' now in the US: Eleazar

April Rafales, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 30 2019 08:45 PM

MANILA - Manila's alleged "drug queen,” Guia Gomez Castro, is now in the United States, National Capital Region Police chief Guillermo Eleazar said Monday.

According to Eleazar, intelligence reports showed Castro, who was earlier reported to have left the country for Thailand, also went to Taiwan before going to the US.

"Based on our monitoring from Bangkok, pumunta siya ng Taiwan and from Taiwan pumunta siya ng USA," Eleazar said.

While the authorities are still tracking her down with the help of foreign counterparts, efforts are also being made to cancel her passport and visa.

Eleazar said that Castro is also under financial investigation.

“We found out that NBI has started its financial investigation. We’ll get records from SALN, punta tayo sa BIR, tingnan natin kung ano yung mga assets, mga dineclare niya," he added.

Her relatives and those helping Castro are also under investigation, according to Eleazar. He said, however, that there is no timeline or target completion for the investigation.

Malacañang earlier welcomed the suggestion to cancel Castro's travel document given that she has existing arrest warrants.

Castro is accused of buying and distributing illegal drugs from "ninja cops," or officers who recycle seized illicit narcotics from drug stings.

She was first arrested in 2001 for alleged possession of drugs, but the case against her was dismissed, supposedly allowing her to expand her alleged narcotics network.

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno on Monday called on the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to bring back Castro to the Philippines after immigration officials confirmed that she and her family had flown to Bangkok, Thailand.