Probe ordered on dismissal of raps vs drug queen

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    METRO Manila police director Guillermo Eleazar has ordered an investigation into the circumstances that led to the 2009 dismissal of a drug case filed against suspected drug queen Guia Gomez-Castro.

    Eleazar said he has directed the NCRPO intelligence unit, drug enforcement unit, and legal services unit to determine if rogue cops played a role in the decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 224 to throw out the drug case filed against Castro in 2001.

    The same court issued a warrant of arrest for the lady suspect on March 2002.

    Eleazar believes that a number of rogue cops might have interfered in the case.

    “We want to identify all the policemen who conducted the operation, how the case was filed and who served as witnesses on this case. We will also get the court records on this particular case because from there, we would be able to find out if there was sabotage in the handling of this case,” Eleazar said.

    The case was for violation of section 15 of the Dangerous Drugs Act (RA 6425) related to the sale, administration, dispensation, delivery, transportation and distribution of regulated drugs, and section 16 of the same law for possession and use of regulated drugs.

    Castro has two other standing warrants of arrest in relation to separate cases for violation of Batas Pambansa 22 or the Bouncing Check law.

    Castro was tagged by the police as the drug queen referred to by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino during a budget hearing for his agency before the Senate.

    Aquino said the drug queen has deep connections with ninja cops who sell her seized illegal drugs from operations.

    PNP chief Oscar Albayalde has said they are monitoring the activities of at least 22 ninja cops, of which five are NCRPO, for their connections with Castro.

    Aquino said at least six ninja cops have been protecting Castro, but Eleazar said the cops referred to by Aquino have either been dismissed from service or have been killed.

    Castro was elected chairperson of barangay 484 Zone 48 in Manila during the 2018 barangay elections but did not take her oath. She has been in hiding since the polls for fear she might be arrested after getting tips from her protector-cops that the PDEA and the PNP were already hot on her trail.

    Eleazar said Castro left the country for Bangkok, Thailand last September 21, flew to Taiwan last September 25, and took a flight to the USA via Los Angeles, California where she arrived September 25 with her husband and brother who was a dismissed cop.

    The justice department said the US government has already cancelled Castro’s and her companions’ visas, making them illegal aliens in the US.

    Eleazar said a newly formed quad intel group – composed of the PNP, PDEA, National Bureau of Investigation and the AFP’s joint task force – has coordinated with their US counterparts to locate Castro and her companions for them to be extradited to the country.

    The Philippines and the USA has an extradition treaty.

    Eleazar said Castro’s connection with the ninja cops started when she became their “asset” or informant, and later on had a romantic relationship with the founder of the ninja cops in the early 2000 until she was able to learn the secrets of the drug trade.

    Eleazar said the quad intel group has also started with its financial investigation on Castro.

    “Castro was a former government official, that’s why the quad intel group will look if she has hidden wealth and if it will match the properties she has declared, as well as records from the Bureau of Internal revenue,” Eleazar said.

    Interior Secretary Eduardo Año earlier said they have coordinated with the International Criminal Police Organization to issue a red notice against Castro so it will be easier for their counterparts to hold and extradite her in countries where the Philippines has existing extradition treaties.