NCRPO chief to 'drug queen': Surrender

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Posted at Oct 01 2019 10:52 AM

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MANILA - Metro Manila's top cop on Tuesday said it won't be long before authorities arrest Guia Gomez Castro, the alleged drug queen in cahoots with cops recycling illegal drugs.

"Alam niyang may warrant of arrests siya. We have extradition treaty with the US. For sure lumiit na 'yung mundo niya at makakabuti na bumalik na lang siya o sumuko," said National Capital Region Police Office chief Guillermo Eleazar in an interview with ANC's Headstart.

Eleazar said authorities have conducted several operations and arrests against the "drug queen's" tentacles and couriers that severely affected her operations.

"We considered her group na hindi na kagaya ng dati, na-paralyze na talaga 'yan," he said.

Castro left for Bangkok just days after her name was floated in the Senate hearing on ninja cops.

"Based on the information that we obtained, on September 25 from Bangkok they went to Taiwan and in the afternoon they flew to LA and arrived there around midnight," Eleazar said.

Authorities earlier said Castro bought and redistributed illegal drugs from "ninja cops," or officers who recycle seized illegal drugs from drug stings. She reportedly invested large sums of money to foster government connections, even giving away cars to officers.

"Ang reality, alam nilang hinahanap sila kaya takot, ingat, lumalayo just like the brother of Guia Gomez based on our information kasama siya sa umalis at kasamang pumunta sa Amerika," he said.

He said they are now coordinating with their foreign counterparts for Castro's arrest.

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The NCRPO chief revealed that Castro started in the illegal drug trade as an asset or informant of the ninja cops' founder.

"Sila 'yung mga nagsimula nito. Early 2000. He is now retired," Eleazar said. He however declined to reveal the name of the man behind the ninja cops but said he was a senior police non-commissioned officer.

He said they are now doing case build-up against him.

"We believe the founder of the ninja cops nagkaroon sila ng intimate relationship. Eventually, nakita niya 'yung pagiging lucrative nitong syndicate," he said.

One of Castro's brothers eventually entered the police service to "purposely penetrate the police force", he said.

"Eventually, nandoon na naka-recruit na siya ng ibang kasamahan. Three of the ninja cops na nandoon sa listahan natin ito 'yung mga kasamahan niyang nirecruit nila doon," he said.

Recently, Eleazar said they created the Quad-Intel Force to weed out corrupt cops and prevent the entry of new drug traffickers in the region.

He said its first target is the drug queen.

Meanwhile, Eleazar said that none of the 16 named ninja cops are active policemen.

Out of the 16, nine cops have been killed, 1 was arrested, 2 retired, 2 dismissed and 2 are AWOL.

"Wala nang active personnel doon sa 16 na 'yun but still, based on our coordination, we're trying to find out sino 'yung mga unnamed or hindi natin kilala na posibleng gumagawa pa rin ng ganitong kalokohan," he said.
 
The Metro Manila's top cop said they continue to find ways to end the activities of ninja cops.

"What we have done as intervention, only those assigned in drug enforcement units can conduct operation. Kung 'di ka assigned dito hindi ka pwedeng mag-conduct ng operation," he said.

But before a cop is assigned in any of Metro Manila's 44 drug enforcement units, he said the personnel has to be recommended by the unit commander, chief of police or district director to ensure command responsibility.

"Pag gumawa ng kalokohan 'yan command responsibility talagang tigok ka. Pinaliliit natin 'yung mundo ng ninja cops and pinapaliit nating itong window of opportunity for active policemen to be involved in drug recycling," he said.