'Drug queen' out of PH, raps loom vs police cohorts

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Posted at Sep 25 2019 08:38 AM | Updated as of Sep 25 2019 01:59 PM

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MANILA (UPDATE) - A "drug queen" who allegedly buys and redistributes narcotics seized in government operations has left the country, the Metro Manila police said Wednesday.

The drug queen served for "many years" as a barangay chairman and won a fresh mandate in last year's elections but failed to take her oath of office, said National Capital Region Police Office chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.

Her husband was also a former barangay chairman while her sibling and cousin are police officers, he said.

"Ngayon ang balita natin, out of the country [na siya]... Wala man s'ya ngayon e iyong mga galamay niya, ipa-paralyze natin para wala na s'yang magagawa at eventually, magkakaroon din po ng tamang araw para sa kaniya," Eleazar told radio DZMM.

(We heard that she has left the country. Even if she's gone, we are going to paralyze her tentacles and eventually a day of reckoning will come for her.)

The Bureau of Immigration said the alleged drug queen, who was identified as Guia Gomez Castro, left the country last Saturday, Sep. 21.

"As per travel records, she indeed recently left the country but with no derogatory records, hence she was allowed to depart," Immigration bureau spokesperson Dana Sandoval said.

Of 16 "ninja policemen" who are allegedly in cahoots with the drug queen, 9 were killed in separate operations and one is detained, said Eleazar. The police is building cases against 6 of her other cohorts, including 2 retired policemen, 2 who were dismissed from service and 2 other who went on absence without leave, he added.

"Safeguards" were also put in place to prevent the recycling of busted drugs, Eleazar said.

For example, drug sweeps can only be done by the Anti-Illegal Drugs Unit, whose members undergo vetting after getting the recommendation of unit commanders, who can then be removed from their posts with just one offense of a subordinate, he said.

DZMM, September 25, 2019