MANILA - The Manila police has yet to prove that alleged drug queen Guia Gomez Castro continues to operate in the country, its chief said Monday.
Castro has reportedly fled to the United States after authorities accused her of buying and distributing illegal drugs from "ninja cops," or officers who recycle seized illicit narcotics.
"May mga chismis chismis nga na continuous pa rin yung kaniyang illegal activities but that is still to be proven," Manila Police District chief Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. told ANC's Early Edition.
(There are rumors that her illegal activities continue but that is still to be proven.)
"Nung dumating kasi ako dyan hindi na siya makita sa Manila eh.
Nagtatago siya eh. May mga reports, as a matter of fact may mga huli tayo sa area niya mismo."
(When I was assigned there, she could no longer be seen in Manila. She went in hiding. There were reports, and as a matter of fact we've arrested some in her area.)
Police earlier arrested the alleged "lookout" of Castro in Barangay 484, where the purported top illegal-drugs suspect served as a former barangay chairperson.
Castro was first arrested in 2001 for alleged possession of drugs, but the case against her was dismissed, supposedly allowing her to expand her alleged narcotics network. She reportedly invested large sums of money to foster government connections, even giving away cars to police officers.
Danao, Davao City's former top cop, reiterated his warning to policemen who are allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.
"I confronted them squarely and sabi ko nga sa kanila 'If you still have activities, I will put a stop sa'yo. Once proven na ikaw ay actively involved pa rin sa illegal drug trade na to, papatayin kita.' Sinabi ko talaga iyon," he said.
(I confronted them squarely and told them, 'If you still have activities, I will put a stop to you. Once proven that you are still actively involved in the illegal drug trade, I will kill you.' I really said that.)
"So far wala naman eh. Sa ngayon wala naman sila involvement."
(So far, there's none. Right now, they're not involved.)
Some 16 "ninja cops," or officers who recycle narcotics seized in anti-drug operations, had been identified, Metro Manila police chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar earlier said.