MANILA - The United States has canceled the visa it granted to Manila's alleged "drug queen” Guia Gomez Castro, as the Philippines sought her deportation.
Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said Wednesday that the Bureau of Immigration was already working with its US counterparts to bring Castro back to the Philippines.
"Upon the request of the Department of Justice, the US visa granted to alleged drug queen Guia Castro has been canceled," Perete said.
"The BI is now working with US immigration authorities to effect her deportation to the Philippines," he added.
Metro Manila Police chief Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar earlier said Castro was in the US following reports that she left the Philippines for Thailand.
Police reports show that Castro transited through Taiwan from Thailand before entering the US, Eleazar said.
Castro is accused of buying and distributing illegal drugs from "ninja cops," or officers who recycle seized 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.
- report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News