PH seeks deportation, not extradition of 'drug queen': DOJ


Posted at Oct 08 2019 10:46 AM | Updated as of Oct 08 2019 10:55 AM

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MANILA - Bringing back Manila's alleged "drug queen" would depend on how fast US authorities will locate Guia Gomez Castro, a justice department official said Tuesday.

"The immigration authorities in the United States are already looking for her whereabouts and thereafter she will be deported to the Philippines," Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said on ANC's Headstart.

Perete said the Philippines sought for her deportation as an extradition process takes longer.

"Essentially, deportation is the expulsion by the state of an undesirable personality," he said.

Last week, the US cancelled Castro's visa. Perete said the DOJ's request for the cancellation of her visa relate to a pending criminal case against her.

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

Police said Castro transited through Taiwan from Thailand before entering the US.

"All we know as of last week was that she entered Los Angeles. As to her actual whereabouts at the time her visa was cancelled, we have not received information from immigration authorities from the USA," he said.