DOJ eyes Interpol help in going after Manila ‘drug queen’

MANILA The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday said it plans to seek assistance from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) in going after Guia Gomez-Castro, the alleged drug queen of Metro Manila, who fled the country over the weekend.

"We'll issue an immigration lookout bulletin (ILBO) order even if she has left the country so we can monitor her whereabouts abroad," Justice Undersecretary and spokesperson Markk Perete told newsmen. "Once the ILBO is issued, we can request monitoring through the Interpol."

He added that the DOJ is also verifying if Castro has pending cases before Philippine courts.

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday confirmed that Castro flew out of the country and was not prevented from doing so since she has no derogatory records.

National Capital Region Police Office chief, Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, named Castro as the mastermind in the recycling of seized illegal drugs by 'ninja cops'.

Castro, former chairwoman of Barangay 484, Zone 48 in Sampaloc, Manila, was the same drug queen being referred to by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino, who he claimed as selling at least PHP13.6 million of shabu weekly in just two streets in Metro Manila.

Castro left the country on September 21 on board a Cebu Pacific flight bound for Bangkok, Thailand. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency