Better surrender, ‘drug queen’ told

October 01, 2019
Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday said they are already coordinating with their foreign counterparts the return of alleged “Drug Queen” Guia Gomez-Castro to the country from the United States.

“Our latest monitoring (show)s that she is in America. This is a proof that we are focusing on her, that she is our priority target, so, it is better for her to just surrender, she has no way out but surrender,” the Metro Manila police chief said.

“The NCRPO is exhausting all legal efforts to hunt down Castro,” he added.  

Castro has warrants of arrest issued in 2002 for violation of Republic Act 6425 or the selling, delivery and distribution of illegal drugs and in 2003 and 2011, both for issuing bouncing checks. The warrants were all issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

Based on immigration records, Castro on September 21 left the country for Bangkok, Thailand and later went to Taiwan. On September 25, she arrived in Los Angeles, California.

The information comes after the creation of “quad-intel force” in Metro Manila composed of various lawenforcement agencies against all remaining illegal drug syndicates operating in the region, Eleazar said.

The quad-intel force is composed of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), JTF-NCR Armed Forces of the Philippines and the National Capital Region Police Office.

This new alliance aims to run after police scalawags, consolidate intelligence and operational plans with a common goal to shield Metro Manila from the proliferation of illegal drugs, according to Eleazar.

The NCRPO chief likewise ordered a probe into rogue police officers who interfered to have the drug case against  Gomez-Castro dismissed.

“I have already tasked the NCRPO intelligence unit, drug enforcement unit and the legal service to work together to probe the case,” Eleazar said.

“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,” he added.