PDEA: 7 active ninja cops recycle illegal drugs; ‘drug queen’ in Manila holds govt position

Maris Federez   •   September 18, 2019   •   841

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has confirmed that the practice of recycling illegal drugs recovered from government operations is still prevalent.

The agency said seven ninja cops are involved in such practice.

In her exclusive report, UNTV Correspondent Lea Ylagan was able to obtain a list containing the names of the 13 original ninja cops with ranks ranging from patrolmen to police captains.

When President Rodrigo Duterte started his term in office and launched the extensive campaign against illegal drugs, said ninja cops were sent to Mindanao.

Two of them were ambushed by a riding-in-tandem in Cotabato which resulted in the death of one.

Others had gone AWOL, while some retired early.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino, however, reported that, to this day, seven ninja cops who are still in active service are in the practice of recycling recovered or confiscated illegal drugs, with the help of an alleged Drug Queen who is said to be holding a position in Manila.

“(There) are protectors, somehow helping the drug queen distribute drugs. Sila rin ang nagbebenta ng ilegal na droga. Minsan naman may mga asset din sila na nagbebenta ng ilegal na droga,” Aquino said.

The official added that these ninja cops do not only operate in Metro Manila but also in the provinces.

“Definitely bawat region ay may ninja cops. Merong mga tiwali. Even parts of Mindanao, Visayas, Luzon,” he added.

Aquino further said that the ninja cops would reduce in half the shabu that they confiscate in their anti-illegal drug operations and would pass it on to the said Drug Queen who will take care of the dispatching and selling to their customers.

“She is very powerful with connections with the law enforcement agency, sa mga pulitiko and I think naging politician din sya once. di ko lang alam kung gano katagal, pero naging politician din siya,” Aquino said.

The NBI, AIDSOTF and PDEA had numerously tried to conduct an operation against the said Drug Queen but she may had been given a heads up by the ninja cops, making her elude the arrest.

“About 4-5 buildings ang iki-clear namin e so malaki ang area. That’s the reason why we ask for operational assistant sa PNP at NBI. But unfortunately, there was a leak.  In short, may ahas sa mga operatives naming. I don’t know kung sino, but it turned out to be a negative operation,” Aquino said.

A UNTV source said the original ninja cops come from the then-Western Police District (WPD), which is now called the Manila Police District (MPD).

They were called ninja cops because the vehicles they were using then in conducting drug operations were Kawasaki Ninja motorcycles, which had become their trademark of sort.

The source also said that aside from recycling illegal drugs, these ninja cops are also involved in “tutok-kalawit”, “Hulidap”, and “Bangketa” o the dropping of illegal drug-related cases.

These ninja cops were able to thrive for a long time because they were being coddled by a general and other high-ranking officials of the PNP in the past.

Aquino said his team is in the process of completing their report on the said Drug Queen and the seven ninja cops which they will submit to President Duterte within this week. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

PHL authorities see int’l syndicate link in P5.1-B shabu seized in Bulacan drug bust

Robie de Guzman   •   June 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities are now looking into the profile and possible network of a Chinese national who was arrested during a Thursday buy-bust operation that yielded around P5.1 billion worth of suspected shabu (crystal meth) in Marilao, Bulacan.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said the suspect, identified as Yuwen Cai, could be a “trusted man” of a bigger drug personality or an international syndicate given the volume of illegal drugs confiscated by the authorities.

Elements of the Philippine National Police and PDEA, together with the Bulacan Police, on Thursday afternoon stormed a warehouse along Reley Street in Barangay Lias.

Yuwen Cai, said to be the caretaker of the warehouse, was arrested during the operation, along with Filipinos Angela Miole Tulio and Ma. Lyn Miole Tulio.

Seized from the suspects were boxes containing 808 kilograms of suspected shabu, which police authorities consider as its biggest drug haul to date.

According to PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva, they are now looking into the Chinese man’s connections to an international drug syndicate, and if he is linked to chemist, Samson Tan who was arrested during a recent raid in a kitchen-type shabu laboratory in Biñan, Laguna.

“Chinese ang nandito eh, ibig sabihin, konektado na ito sa international drug trafficking organizations. Titingnan namin sa matrix namin kung konektado, from him siguro ito yung babagsakan, pwedeng from importation, dito lalagpak,” he said.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa also said they have a link diagram on the illegal drug’s possible source and where it is supposed to be supplied.

“Meron tayong link dito, kung kanino ito probably source, saan siya i-deliver, sino yung pinakamalaking tao. But of course, we do not want to voice it out to the media, as you remember itong drug is continuing operations, pag i-voice mo yung link nila magti-change sila ng negosyo,” Gamboa said.

The suspects are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Lacson backs appointment of Villanueva as PDEA chief

Robie de Guzman   •   May 27, 2020

Senator Panfilo Lacson

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday lauded the appointment of Wilkins Villanueva as the new director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

In a statement, Lacson described Villanueva as a “good and professional officer who is fit for the job,” and noted his “long career in drug enforcement.”

“The President couldn’t have appointed a more qualified head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, having served our country for nearly 20 years with the Philippine National Police Narcotics Group and with the PDEA,” he said.

Lacson, a former national police chief, expressed confidence that Villanueva can handle his task of going after drug suspects amid challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis.

“With the challenge of going after drug personalities amid the new normal posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, he indeed has his work cut out for him,” he said.

“I look forward to working with him, being the Senate Finance Subcommittee Chair and Sponsor of the PDEA and Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) budgets, among others,” he added.

Villanueva will take over the post previously held by Aaron Aquino, who was assigned by President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the Clark International Airport.

Prior to his designation to PDEA’s top post, Villanueva led the PDEA Northern Mindanao.

Bureau of Customs turns over P13.2-M worth of seized marijuana to PDEA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 7, 2020

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday (April 6) turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 11.569 kilograms of seized marijuana with an estimated value of P13.2 million.

The customs examiner suspected some irregularities when upon physical examination of 14 cans labeled as a healthy meal formula, the labels were found to be movable and not permanently attached.

This prompted the examiner to have the cans opened that revealed to contain plastic sachets of leaves suspected to be marijuana.

The items were also subjected to K9 sniffing which indicated the presence of illegal drugs, prompting a chemical analysis by PDEA which affirmed the findings of BOC-Clark personnel.

On 30 March 2020, Warrants of Seizure and Detention (WSD) were issued by District Collector Ruby Alameda against the subject shipments for violation of R.A. No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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