Manila ‘Drug queen’ now in US: NCRPO Chief Eleazar

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Monday said it is now coordinating with foreign counterparts to deport alleged “drug queen” Guia Gomez-Castro back to the country from the United States.

NCRPO chief, Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar got the information after the creation of “quad-intel force” in Metro Manila composed of various law enforcement agencies against all remaining illegal drug syndicates operating in the region.

He bared that on September 21, Castro left the country for Bangkok, Thailand and later went to Taiwan. On September 25, she arrived in the US, particularly in Los Angeles, California.

Eleazar said the NCRPO is exhausting all legal efforts to hunt down Castro.

“Yes, we have a move to have her passport canceled and it could take time depending on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA),” Eleazar told reporters on the sidelines of Third Quarter Interim Metro Manila Peace and Order Council Meeting in Pasig City Monday. 

Eleazar also said that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is now conducting a financial investigation and will look into her Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) and will work with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) regarding her taxes. 

Castro has a standing arrest warrant issued in 2002 for violation of Republic Act 6425 or the selling, delivery, and distribution of illegal drugs.

She also has warrants of arrest in 2003 and 2011, both for issuing bouncing checks, Eleazar said.

All the three warrants were issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

Authorities believe that Castro enjoyed the protection of some police scalawags.

On ninja cops, Eleazar said they were monitoring those erring cops. 

“So pinaliliit natin ang mundo ng ninja cops diyan (We are making the world of ninja cops small),” he said.

The quad-intel force is composed of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Joint Task Force (JTF), and the NCRPO.

The formal alliance aims to run after scalawags in their ranks, consolidate intelligence and operational plans to shield Metro Manila from the entry of new drug supplies and sweep all illegal drugs that have already been distributed in the region.

Eleazar said they will focus on specific drug cases, such as that of Guia Gomez-Castro, whom he earlier named as the ‘drug queen’ of Metro Manila.

Earlier, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año called on Castro, to return to the country and face the allegations against her.

Año also said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will file an administrative case against Castro, who served as chairwoman of Barangay 484, Zone 48 in Sampaloc, Manila. (PNA)

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