- A buy-bust operation was conducted in Quezon City, killing Senior Insp. Ramon Castillo after resisting arrest in relation to the growing number of ninja cops
- Ninja cops are those who recycle the drugs confiscated and sell them off
- Investigation is still ongoing for the 35 Quezon City Police District narcotics cops who were relieved because of this issue
After 35 allegedly “ninja cops” were relieved in Quezon City, a search of the quarters of these cops unearthed three kilos of alum (tawas), believed to have been substituted for drugs. This scheme of substituting alum for drugs confiscated during searches and arrests is known as drug recycling.
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director, Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, said that the bags of alum were discovered while the District Anti-Illegal Drugs (DAID)were cleaning up barracks at Camp Karingal.
The cleanup was done right after 35 members of the DAID were transferred while investigation of their alleged drug operations is ongoing.
The barracks cleanup was a result of the death of Senior Insp. Ramon Castillo, who happens to be a DAID official. His death brought about many questions since he was shot dead as he tried resisting arrest during a buy-bust operation carried out by other policemen.
Lab tests have confirmed that the alum found in the quarters was indeed “tawas” and not “shabu,” as what they earlier suspected.
Eleazar was asked for an explanation as to why there were three kilos of “tawas” inside a fired narcotics cop quarters, and the QCPD director refused to give any explanation. He also didn’t speculate on the matter, and simply said that the incident is still being investigated by authorities.
The director was also asked who the owner of the locker was, but in order to prevent a scenario where cops would be prejudged, he likewise refused to answer.
Although no statement came from Eleazar, there were still speculations that the “tawas” found in the barracks were substituted for real drugs. These cops are called “ninja cops.” They are the ones responsible for replacing confiscated drugs with tawas, and thereafter sell for profit whatever quantities they have seized. – SD, Kami Media