Conduct Unbecoming? WSC 2009 Champion Jorge Torres? Drug Cartel?

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Personally, my views:

  • I support the legalization of drugs so that simple folks will have equal opportunity in the drug industry.
  • Illegal drugs only give opportunity to wealthy violent groups who can bribe the politicians and government officials and/or can make war with the police.
  • Anything illegal is good business for politicians and government officials where they get commission fee which serves as bribe money.

2009 World Slasher Cup 1 – Champions

  • MJRG : Rolly Gabon – 7 points
  • Spoiled sa Amo : Rodel Costalles – 7 points
  • Cucamonga : Jorge Torres / Claude Bautista – 7 points

Cucamonga team name origin?

  • Rancho Cucamonga is a suburban city in San Bernardino County, California. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 165,269, up from 127,743 at the 2000 census. Tijuana (Mexico) is 135 miles (2 hours 10 minutes) away and Los Angeles is 42.0 miles (48 minutes) away.
  • Jorge Torres is said to be a Filipino-American with a US Passport.

Status:

  • Gamecock Farm Owner; Jorge Torres
    • status: manhunt ongoing
  • Gamecock Farm Manager; Gary Ting Tan, 37
    • status: arrested during the raid
  • Farm Caretaker; Argay Ledesma Argenos, 29
    • status: arrested during the raid
  • Farm Caretaker; Rochelle Mercado Argenos, 28
    • status: arrested during the raid

Hopefully, the case will be investigated and deliberated expeditiously and may the courts be just in its verdict.

– Gameness til the End

PS

Legal status of cocaine (Legal, Decriminalized, Unpunished):

  1. Mexico: As of August 25, 2009, the Mexican legislature officially legalized small doses of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, crystal meth, and ecstasy for personal use. No action will be taken for those carrying up to half a gram of cocaine.
  2. Peru and Bolivia: Limited cultivation of coca is legal in Peru and Bolivia, where chewing the leaves and drinking coca tea are considered cultural practices, in particular in the mountainous regions. Processed cocaine is illegal.
  3. Colombia: In 1994, possession of 1 gram of cocaine was legalized for personal use. Sale remains illegal, but personal production or gifts of cocaine are permitted.
  4. The Netherlands: Cocaine is considered an illegal hard-drug. Possession, production and trade are not allowed as stated in the Opium Law of 1928. Although technically illegal, possession of less than half a gram usually goes unpunished.
  5. Germany: Possession of cocaine without a medical prescription is illegal. Small amounts for own consumption may go unpunished for first-time or non-regular offenders. This also varies by state. Usually revocation of a driving license will follow up confiscation of any drug except marijuana, since drug users are considered a risk to road traffic.
  6. Portugal: Personal use of cocaine is decriminalized. Drug abuse is dealt with by administrative and medical intervention. Trafficking is illegal.

Mexican drug cartel now in PH–PNP

By Jamie Elona, INQUIRER.net
2:53 pm | Thursday, December 26th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – A Mexican drug group is operating here, the Philippine National Police said Thursday following the discovery of a “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) storage facility in Batangas.

“This is the first time, and we have confirmed the Mexicans [are] already here,” said Senior Superintendent Bartolome Tobias, PNP-Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force chief, referring to the Sinaloa drug cartel.

The PNP made the disclosure after roughly 84 kilos of suspected shabu worth P420 million, and several weapons were seized during a raid at the LPL Ranch in Barangay (village) Inosluban in Lipa City, Batangas on Christmas Day.

Three suspected drug traffickers identified as Gary Tan, Aragay Argenos and Rochelle Argenos were arrested during the operation.

Quoting reports, Tobias said Tan was leading a big-time drug syndicate in Metro Manila and nearby regions. The report also said Tan was working with a certain Jorge Torres, a Filipino-American.

“We are 7,000 islands [in the Philippines]. If you go down south you can freely go to Sabah. There are times when you don’t need to go through Immigration anymore . . . you just need to ride a boat . . .,” PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima said, adding that there were also reports that containers entering the country were not being opened for checking.

Furthermore, Purisima also said this Mexican group was suspected to be working with Chinese drug syndicates until such time that they could operate independently.

“We can see they are just starting . . . we need to immediately act on this to stop them,” he said.

He also said the police would consult its lawyers as to the possible liabilities of the owner of the ranch, saying that the group only leased the property.

Appropriate charges have been filed against the arrested suspects, while additional cases of possession of dangerous drugs will be filed against Torres, a certain alias Jaime and alias Joey, both Mexicans and alleged members of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

World’s most powerful drug cartel now in PH

By David Dizon, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 12/26/2013 1:20 PM | Updated as of 12/26/2013 5:11 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) – The world’s most powerful drug cartel is now making forays into Philippine territory with the discovery of a shabu storage facility in Lipa, Batangas holding nearly half a billion pesos worth of drugs, government authorities said Thursday.

“The Mexicans are here. This is the first time that we have confirmed it,” Senior Superintendent Bartolome Tobias, Philippine National Police – Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (PNP-AIDSOTF) chief, said in a press briefing.

On Wednesday, Christmas Day, joint elements of the PNP-AIDSOTF and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency seized P420 million worth of shabu during a raid at the LPL Ranch in Barangay Inosloban, Lipa.

The drugs, a total of 84 kilos of shabu in vacuum-sealed latex packs, were placed in 4 pieces of luggage.

Three suspected big-time drug traffickers, identified as Gary Tan, Argay Argenos and Rochelle Argenos, were arrested during the operation.

Tobias said that sometime in the last quarter of the year, the PNP-AIDSOTF received information that Tan was a big-time drug trafficker operating in Metro Manila and the nearby regions.

“Reports further disclosed Tan worked with a certain Jorge Torres, a Filipino American with a US passport. Both are accordingly affiliated with the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel,” he said.

The Sinaloa Cartel is often described as the largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization in the Western Hemisphere. A New York Times article said the cartel is responsible for the creation of underground tunnels that allowed the entry of drugs from Mexican border towns to the United States.

The cartel’s main leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001. He is now America’s most wanted drug trafficker, as well as being considered by Forbes as the most powerful criminal on the planet.

More than 77,000 people have been killed in Mexico in connection with organized crime since then-president Felipe Calderon launched a nationwide war against the cartels after taking office in 2006.

A new market for shabu

Philippine authorities are filing charges of violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act against Tan, the Argenos couple, Jorge Torres and two other Mexican nationals identified only as alias Jaime and alias Joey. The two Mexicans are believed to be part of the Siniloa Cartel.

PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima said police are still investigating how the cartel is moving the drugs into the country. He said anyone could easily travel from island to island in the southern Philippines.

He also said the cartel focused on shipping shabu because it is easier to sell in the Philippines.

“The market for methamphetamine hydrochloride pwede sila pumunta sa Pilipinas. Mura, madaling gawin, madaling i-sell. It’s more feasible. If you sell cocaine in the Philippines, baka walang bibili. Mahal. It’s like a business,” he told reporters.

PDEA chief Arturo Cacdac Jr. said the Philippines is not the only country being eyed by the cartel. He said Japanese authorities have also discovered shipments of shabu supposedly coming from the cartel.

“They found Asia has a market for shabu,” he said.

Purisima said the cartel is getting help from Chinese drug traffickers to establish operations in the Philippines.

“We can see that they are just starting. We need to take action so they cannot go further in,” he said in Filipino.

He also noted that the police will consult its lawyers after the shabu storage facility was discovered on LPL Ranch, which is owned by the family of former Batangas Governor Antonio Leviste. Leviste was tried and convicted of murdering his aide in 2007 but has since been granted parole.

Purisima said the compound used as a shabu storage facility was leased.

PNP Xmas Day Lipa raid yields P420-M shabu

Published : Thursday, December 26, 2013 00:00
Written by : Alfred Dalizon & Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force yesterday raided a suspected drug facility in Lipa City, Batangas where they seized 84 kilograms of high-grade shabu valued at P420 million, a report to PNP chief Director General Alan LM Purisima said.

PNP-AIDSOTF commander Senior Supt. Bartolome C. Tobias said the raid conducted by members of the AIDSOTF Special Operations Unit 3 under Supt. Ismael G. Fajardo Jr. inside  inside LPL Ranch in Bgy. Inosloban, Lipa City at 8:30 a.m. yesterday also led to the arrest of Gary Ting Tan, Argay and Rochelle Argenos.

Tan is a Filipino-Chinese national believed involved in the manufacture and distribution of shabu in the country while the two Argenos are caretakers of the compound owned by a certain Jorge Torres, one of the respondents in the search warrant who was not around when the raid was conducted.

“We’re still conducting follow-up operations to arrest the other suspects involved in the maintenance of the drug warehouse in Lipa City as of press time,” Tobias said.

All three are now being questioned at the AIDSOTF headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, and facing non-bailable charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Recovered during the raid were 84 kilos of shabu packed in 84 vacuum-packed sealed latex plastic bags placed in four traveling bags, one caliber .45 pistol with one magazine containing 10 rounds of ammunition and a 12-gauge Winchester rifle with four live ammunition, said Tobias.

He said the recovered pieces of evidence will be submitted to the PDEA Laboratory Service for analysis.

Last August, AIDSOTF operatives also seized 433 kilograms of shabu with a street value of P2.16 billion during a raid in Subic, Zambales, where they arrested six drug traffickers, confiscated five kilos of shabu worth P25 million in an operation in Makati City and seized P185 million worth of shabu during a sting in Metro Manila and Cavite last June that led to the arrest of three Chinese drug traffickers.

Last month, the PNP-AIDSOTF was honored by the House of Representatives for preventing the entry into the streets of 433 kilograms of shabu with a street value of P2.16 billion last August.

The PNP-AIDSOTF was cited by the House committee on dangerous drugs for its ‘unselfish dedication, courage and outstanding performance in the fight against illegal drugs.’

Mexican drug cartel penetrates PHL; PDEA raids lab in Lipa City

December 26, 2013 12:15pm

(Updated 2:53 p.m.) The notorious Mexican Sinoloa drug syndicate is now in the country, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency director general Arturo Cacdac Jr. confirmed at a press conference on Thursday.This was after a raid on Christmas Day of a suspected drug lair in Lipa City in Batangas that yielded 84 kg of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) worth P420 million, a report on GMA News’ “Balitanghali” said.“We have previously reports that the Mexicans are here… [But] This is the first time and we have confirmed [that] the Mexicans are already here,” said Senior Superintendent Bartolome Tobias, Anti Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) chief.

Authorities nabbed four suspected members of the Mexican drug ring, identified as Gary Tan, George (Jorge) Torres, and two Filipinos, Tobias said.

But in a separate interview with GMA News Online, AIDSOTF spokesperson Don Merdegia said only three were arrested in the Batangas raid.

He said two members of the Mexican drug cartel, who were the subjects of their sting operation, slipped police’s hands. They were identified as alias Jaime (Mexican) and George Gomez Perez (American).

“Sina Jaime at Perez po ang link ng Mexican Drug Cartel sa bansa. At, hindi pa rin po sila nahahanap hanggang sa ngayon,” he told GMA News Online.

On the other hand, the Balitanghali report said Wednesday’s raid was the first time Philippine National Police and PDEA operatives encountered members of a Mexican drug cartel in the Philippines.

Police and drug enforcement authorities consider as “alarming” the penetration of the Sinoloa drug cartel in the Philippines, even as members of Chinese drug rings continue to operate in the country, which has been tagged as “transshipment point” of illegal drugs and other contraband.

“One is the Mexican [drug cartel]. Meron din tayong mga Chinese. There are other nationalities who are here pero hindi sila ganun ka-organized but so many nationalities are here. Minsan part of  a bigger organization pero sila pala ay kasama sa West African. So halo halo. ‘Yung investigation natin is ongoing,” PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima said during Thursday’s press conference.

“It is part of our investigation how the cartel was able to penetrate our country. So, we are still in the process of determining what is the history behind the arrest of these people. Is there any other group members operating? That is also part of our investigation,” Purisima said.

“The drug business is estimated to be running in billions,” he added.

Radio dzBB, meanwhile, quoted Cacdac as saying the PDEA has seized about 832 kilos of shabu this year, 639 percent higher than the 112 kilos of confiscated shabu last year.

832 kilong shabu, na-rekober na ng PDEA simula noong Enero ngayong taon ayon kay PDEA Dir. Gen. Usec. Arturo Cacdac Jr.

— DZBB Super Radyo (@dzbb) December 26, 2013

419 namang marijuana sites ang napuksa na ng PDEA sa pakikipagtulungan ng iba pang law enforcement agencies. — PDEA Dir.Gen. Usec.Cacdac Jr.

— DZBB Super Radyo (@dzbb) December 26, 2013

Drug syndicates not allowed

For its part, Malacañang on Thursday assured Filipinos the government will not allow drug syndicates to continue.

“Siyempre po pag-iibayuhin ang pagsisikap na masabat o  mahuli ang mga lumalabag sa batas, itigil ang kanilang krimen, at pangalagaan ang kapakanan ng mga mamamayan,” said Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr.

News site Global Post tagged the Sinoloa drug cartel as Mexico’s most powerful criminal syndicate.

A special report on CNN in 2012 indicated Mexico’s problems with the Sinoloa cartel and the Zetas, which had gained control of nearly half of Guatemala’s territory. Kevin Casas-Zamora, a former vice president of Costa Rica, suggested the figure is about 40 percent.

The report also said: “Mexico’s troubles are also beginning to afflict the United States. According to law enforcement authorities, Mexican drug organizations now have ties to criminal gangs in at least 230 American cities, including all of the 50 largest cities. The cartels’ presence now even extends to relatively small cities and, in some cases, to rural counties – and not just in the southwestern states, but portions of the South, the Midwest, and other regions.”  — Rouchelle R. Dinglasan with a report from Kimberly Jane T. Tan/LBG/KG, GMA News

Levistes deny ties to Mexican drug cartel

ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 12/26/2013 7:40 PM | Updated as of 12/26/2013 8:14 PM

MANILA (UPDATED) — Batangas Vice-Governor Mark Leviste and his father, Conrad Leviste, on Thursday denied knowing that alleged members of a Mexican drug cartel are operating in their property.

In a statement, Marc and Conrad said that they found reports on the almost half a billion pesos worth of illegal drugs found in Lipa City “incorrect and malicious.”

“We categorically deny that drugs were found at a ‘Leviste Ranch,'” the statement said.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police – Anti-Illegal-Drugs Special Operations Task Force (PNP-AIDSOTF) seized P420 million worth of shabu during a raid at the LPL Ranch in Barangay Inosloban, Lipa, according to authorities.

PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima said they will consult lawyers regarding the ranch, which allegedly belongs to the clan of former Batangas Governor Antonio Leviste, who is out on parole for homicide.

The Levistes, however, claimed that the former Batangas governor does not own the property where the illegal drugs were seized.

“If (drugs) were found in a ‘Tan-Torres Farm’ then they should say so,” the statement said.

“Gov. Tony does not own the compound and He should not be dragged into the issue. It’s unfair for him and his family most especially he has issues of his own,” it added. “We don’t want to add to his own problems and the press shouldn’t use him or his case just to make an issue a headline or “news worthy”.

The Levistes said they were told by caretakers on Wednesday that the farm of one of their lessees was raided by the police.

“We are not our tenant’s keeper. We do not and will never tolerate any and all illegal activities in our developments and properties,” they said.

The clan promised to cooperate with police.

The Levistes said LPL Estates is home to several personalities and politicians such as Senator Ralph Recto and Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, and several cock breeders.

Police, meanwhile, said that aside from the 2 Filipinos and a Filipino-Chinese arrested during the raid, the actual members of the Mexican cartel were not captured by authorities.

“We have previously had reports that the Mexicans are here and… this is the first time we have confirmed that indeed, the Mexicans are already here,” police Senior Superintendent Bartolome Tobias said.

Tobias did not say how they knew the Sinaloa cartel was involved

He said a Filipino-American named Gary (Jorge) Torres and two Mexicans known as “Jaime” and “Joey” were being sought in connection with the seized drugs.

President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Herminio Coloma said the government would act promptly against the cartel.

“Of course, the government will seek to arrest these lawbreakers, stop their crimes, and protect the citizenry,” he told reporters.

It was not clear why the Mexican cartel would have entered the Philippines.

The national police chief, Director-General Alan Purisima, said the country’s strategic location and the difficulty of guarding the archipelago’s maritime borders made it easy to infiltrate.

“It is part of our investigation how the cartel was able to penetrate our country. We are still in the process of determining what is the history behind the arrest of these people,” Purisima said.

He said Chinese drug syndicates may be colluding with the Mexicans.

A PDEA spokesman, Derrick Carreon, said the entry of the Mexican cartel was based on “intelligence reports” but did not elaborate.

The Mexican embassy declined to comment.

The Sinaloa cartel is reputed to be the largest source of illegal drugs to the United States.

Its main leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001. He is now America’s most wanted drug trafficker, as well as being considered by Forbes as the most powerful criminal on the planet.

More than 77,000 people have been killed in Mexico in connection with organized crime since then-president Felipe Calderon launched a nationwide war against the cartels after taking office in 2006. – with reports from Ernie Manio, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog; Agence France-Presse

Mexican drug connection in Lipa, Batangas?

By Arnell Ozaeta, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog
Posted at 12/25/2013 11:19 AM | Updated as of 12/25/2013 4:30 PM

P400-M worth of shabu seized in drug raid

BATANGAS (UPDATED) — Combined elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police – Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (PNP-AIDSOTF), and Batangas police were able to recover around 80 kilos of shabu (crystal methamphetamine) at a cock-fighter breeding farm in Barangay Inosluban, Lipa City, Batangas.

The recovered meth was worth around P400 million.

By virtue of a search warrant issued by Judge Fernando Sagun Jr. of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 78, government forces swooped down on a farm owned by Filipino-American George (Jorge) Torres.

Three of his farm employees were arrested.

They were identified as farm manager Gary Tan, 37, resident of Malate, Manila; and caretakers Arjay Argenos, 29, and Rochelle Argenos, 28, both residents of Barangay Maraouy, Lipa City.

According to a police official who requested anonymity, the illegal drugs originated from Mexico and are supposedly connected to a drug den there.

“We were monitoring this group since September until we caught them red-handed today,” a PDEA agent said.

Police were able to seize the drugs from four black suitcases, packed in vacuum-sealed plastic bags containing an estimated 1 kilo each.

The farm owner, however, was not around when the raid was conducted.

Illegal drug charges will be filed against the suspects.

2009 World Slasher Cup 1 Champion
Cucamonga : Jorge Torres / Claude Bautista – 7 points

2010 World Slasher Cup 1 Presscon
Jorge Torres (Black T-Shirt, 5th from Left)

2010 World Slasher Cup 1 Presscon
Jorge Torres (Black T-Shirt, 3rd from Left)

[PHOTO] PDEA, PNP-AIDSOTF smash the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel

 Created on Thursday, 26 December 2013

PNA photos by Johnny D. Guevarra

The Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (PNP-AIDSOTF) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) smash the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel operations in the country with the arrest of three principal suspects inside the LPL Ranch in Barangay Inosluban, Lipa City, Batangas on Christmas Day (Dec. 25, 2013).

In a press conference at Camp Crame, Quezon City, PNP Chief Alan Purisima and PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac identified the arrested suspects as (from left, right photo) Gary Tan Y. Ting, 37; Argay Argenos Y. Ledesma, 29; and Rochelle Argenos Y. Mercado, 28. (PNA photos by Johnny D. Guevarra)

Mexican drug cartel operating in Philippines – PNP

By: Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com | Agence France-Presse
December 26, 2013 6:00 PM

Sinaloa drug cartel leaders Joaquin Guzman (left) and Valenzuela are seen in this August 2012 Reuters file photo. Guzman or “El Chapo” escaped from Mexican prison in 2001 and is tagged by Forbes as the most powerful criminal on the planet. Philippine police have confirmed that Sinaloa elements are now players in the multibillion illegal drugs industry in the country, with initial evidence of their presence found in a Christmas Day raid in a Batangas City compound.

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA – Philippine police on Thursday said they have detected evidence that the Mexican drug cartel is operating in the Philippines, with initial information indicating the cartel has started with financing operations of some Chinese and West African drug syndicates in the country.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima confirmed the bad news in a briefing Thursday at Camp Crame, saying police now hold evidence that some personalities of the Sinaloa drug cartel are operating in the country. According to Purisima, the archipelago’s porous borders make tracking the multinational syndicates’ operations harder.

Ngayon nakikita natin na nagsisimula pa lang sila. Kailangan aksyunan natin agad para hindi na tuluyang makapasok [Now, we see they’re just starting out. We need to move fast so they won’t get a firmer foothold],” Purisima said.

The PNP said it had not determined yet the exact number of cartel members who infiltrated the country. Part of the investigation is how the cartel was able to penetrate the country. “So, we are still in the process of determining what is the history behind the arrest of these people,” Purisima said, referring to the Christmas Day raid on an illegal drugs operation in Batangas that confirmed the hand of Sinaloa cartel members.

At half past eight of Christmas morning, raiders seized 84 kilos of shabu worth P420 million from a compound owned by former Batangas Governor Antonio Leviste in Barangay Inosloban, Batangas City.

A Chinese national, Gary Tan, and Filipino couple Argay and Rochelle Argenos were arrested at the compound located within the LPL (Lauro Panganiban Leviste) Ranch.

Purisima said a manhunt is on for a certain Jorge Torres, who had rented the Leviste compound.

The former governor Leviste was recently released on parole from the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) after serving four years of his sentence for homicide in the killing of a top aide.

Purisima said PNP lawyers are checking the possible liability of the owner of the compound, Leviste, in the illegal drugs operation. President Aquino himself had directed Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to determine the circumstances behind the decision of the Board of Pardons and Parole to grant parole to Leviste, despite a highly publicized incident that showed him leaving his cell even without permission from prison officials or the court.

“We are studying the possibility of confiscating [the compound] in favor of the government because [it was] used for [illegal] drugs business…but we all know they were just leasing the property and we will be consulting our lawyers,” Purisima, however, said.

Sinaloa leader most wanted US drug trafficker

The Mexican embassy declined to comment on the Philippine police’s revelations

The Sinaloa cartel is reputed to be the largest source of illegal drugs to the United States.

Its main leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001. He is now America’s most wanted drug trafficker, as well as being considered by Forbes as the most powerful criminal on the planet.

More than 77,000 people have been killed in Mexico in connection with organised crime since then-president Felipe Calderon launched a nationwide war against the cartels after taking office in 2006.

It’s complicated – Purisima

Purisima admitted Sinaloa drug cartel’s Philippine presence complicates the burdens of the PNP in checking the multibillion illegal drugs operations in the country. He explained why: “It will be more hard work. Actually, that’s part of what we’re studying.  We are 7,000 islands. If you go down south you can freely go to Sabah. Sometimes you don’t even have to go through  immigration. You just hop over to the next island and ride a banca. In our piers before, there were reports that containers were not opened, not checked, so we have suspicions but we do not have evidence. So there are so many ways of transporting drugs into our country and . . . sometimes we have seen laboratories also being set up in different parts of the country,” Purisima said.

The initial investigation confirmed that the Mexicans (Sinaloa) “have a hand in the operations of the Chinese. The names used are Chinese. They have apparent collusion and of course, that’s how they usually start, as a partnership, i.e., I finance the operations, you do the work, and later, we will go our separate ways,” Purisima elaborated.

The head of the PNP’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) said some teams have been deployed to hunt personalities involved in the operation of the Sinaloa drug cartel. “Previously, we have reports that the Mexicans are here…This is the first time that we have confirmed that Mexicans are already here,” Senior Supt. Bartolome Tobias said.

“They are Mexicans and Chinese. There are other nationalities who are here pero hindi sila ganun ka-organized but so many nationalities are here. Sometimes they are involved for a short time. Sometimes they are part of a bigger organization but they are also in league with the West African Drug Syndicate. So halo-halo [it’s a mixed bag]. The investigation is ongoing,” Purisima said.

Lipa drug bust tied to Mexico drug ring

By Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
3:08 am | Friday, December 27th, 2013

The country’s fight against illegal drugs is facing a new formidable nemesis.

A notorious Mexican drug cartel, described by US authorities as the world’s most powerful organized crime group, has traveled across the globe and found its way into the country, the Philippine National Police disclosed on Thursday.

PNP Director General Alan Purisima said the presence of the Sinaloa drug cartel in the country was confirmed during a raid on a cock farm in Lipa City on Wednesday during which a Filipino couple and a Chinese-Filipino were arrested after weeks of intelligence operations by local and US antinarcotics personnel.

The raid on the LPL Ranch at Barangay Inosluban yielded 84 kilograms of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) with a street value of P400 million.

“Going after this group will entail more hard work,” Purisima told a news briefing at Camp Crame.

“We have confirmed that the Mexican (drug traffickers) are already here,” said Senior Supt. Bartolome Tobias, chief of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force.

Along with agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Tobias’ men carried out the operations in Lipa on Christmas Day.

“We have previously received reports that the Mexicans are in the country. But this is the first time we have confirmed that the Mexicans are already here,” Tobias said.

Purisima said it was still unclear how the Sinaloa drug group was able to gain a foothold in the Philippines. He said that the Mexicans were apparently “coordinating with the Chinese.”

“They are in collusion. It’s like a partnership,” he said.

“One of the Mexicans would initially finance the operations and run the illegal business later on. So it’s a process. We know that they are just starting that’s why we have to act immediately to stop them before they can expand their presence,” Purisima said.

Possibly smuggled

The Chinese-Filipino arrested was identified as Gary Tan and the Filipinos as Argay and Rochelle Argenos, who are said to be caretakers of the drug storage facility in the farm.

Police authorities Thursday night filed illegal possession of drugs and firearms charges against the three who were taken to the Department of Justice for inquest.

Former Batangas Gov. Antonio Leviste on Thursday denied he owned LPL Ranch. His lawyer, Cristina Buendia, said that the so-called ranch is a 100-hectare subdivision divided into one-hectare parcels which had been sold to private individuals, mostly devoted to cock-breeding.

Buendia said that Leviste, who was recently granted parole following his conviction on a murder case, “does not own any parcel, nor have any interest or anything whatsoever to do” with the ranch.

Initial police reports said the drug storage facility was on a property leased by a cock-fighting aficionado, identified as Jorge Torres. Police authorities have reportedly launched a hunt for Torres for possible illegal drug trafficking.

Purisima said the seized contraband was not produced locally and was possibly smuggled into the country through the seaports.

He said the Sinaloa cartel, whose members are also involved in kidnapping, bribery and gun-for-hire activities, took advantage of the country’s porous boundaries.

Suspicions

“We are a country of 7,000 islands. If you go down south, you can freely go to Sabah in Malaysia. You don’t even have to go through immigration. You can just go to one island and hop to another using a boat,” he said.

He said the PNP was also checking reports that some customs personnel had been allowing container vans filled with illegal drugs to leave the seaports without being checked and opened as mandated by law.

“We have suspicions, but we do not have evidence yet. There are so many ways of transporting drugs into our country,” he said.

Largest US drug source

The Sinaloa cartel is reputed to be the largest source of illegal drugs to the United States.  Its leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001. He is now America’s most wanted drug trafficker, as well as being considered by Forbes as the most powerful criminal on the planet.

More than 77,000 people have been killed in Mexico in connection with organized crime since then President Felipe Calderon launched a nationwide war against the cartels after taking office in 2006.

At present, PDEA and antidrug operatives already have their hands full going after the dreaded Chinese drug syndicate and the West African group, which is notoriously known for using drug mules in slipping illegal drugs into the country.

Purisima said authorities had estimated that drug traffickers had been earning “billions of pesos” from the illicit drug trade.  With reports from AFP and Christine O. Avendaño

Mexican authorities: ‘Chapo’ Guzman may have suffered heart attack

Associated Press
POSTED:   12/26/2013 03:15:46 PM MST

MEXICO CITY — Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman presumably suffered a partial cardiac arrest in mid-November, with a false identity, and was briefly admitted to a private hospital in Jalisco, according to police information.Federal authorities said last month that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) provided information to Mexican agencies to inquire into the alleged hospitalization of the leader of the Sinaloa cartel for cardiovascular disease.

Joaquin El Chapo Guzman
FILE – In this June 10, 1993 file photo, Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias “El Chapo” Guzman, is shown to the media after his arrest at the high security prison of Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) (Damian Dovarganes)

Mexican drug cartel gains foothold in PH

By Florante S. Solmerin | Dec. 27, 2013 at 12:01am

Sinaloa ring tagged most powerful in the world

MEMBERS of a Mexican drug cartel called Sinaloa have been in the Philippines, with the help of Chinese and West African syndicates, the police said Thursday.

“We’ve seen they are just starting out. We need to act immediately to keep them out,” said Philippine National Police Dir. Gen. Alan Purisima.

“It is part of our investigation how the cartel was able to penetrate our country,” Purisima said.


Christmas Day raid. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director
General Arturo Cacdac and National Police Chief Alan Purisima on
Thursday presented a video footage of the authorities’ raid of a
compound in Lipa City on Christmas Day that netted 84 kilograms of
shabu worth P420 million and three suspects. Manny Palmero

Police confirmed the entry of the Sinaloa after a drug bust on Christmas Day that yielded about 84 kilos or P420 million worth of shabu. Police arrested Gary Tan, Argay Arenos and Rochelle Argenos in the LPL fighting cock ranch owned by former Batangas governor Antonio Leviste, in Barangay Inosloban, Lipa City.

Purisima said police were hunting one Jorge Torres, who rented the Leviste compound.

Purisima said he has already ordered legal experts to look into the liability of the compound’s owner.

“We are studying the possibility of confiscating [the compound] in favor of the government because it was used for the [illegal] drug business…but we all know they were just leasing the property and we will be consulting our lawyers,” Purisima said.

Based on their investigation, the Mexican cartel has dealings with the Chinese drug syndicates. “There is collusion, of course. That’s where they start, in partnership. One party will finance the operation, while the other will do the work,” he said.

Arturo Cacdac, director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, said the Philippines is not the only Asian country being eyed by the Mexican drug syndicate.

“The cartel found Asia has a market for such drugs,” he said.

For every four years, there are 1.7 million people who use shabu and other types of drugs, PDEA said.

Cacdac said the drug traffickers have just started operating in the Philippines.

Chief Insp. Roque Merdegia, a spokesperson for the police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force, said two other suspects belonging to the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel – Jaime, a Mexican, and George Gomez Perez, an American – remained at large.

Police said Tan was reportedly working closely with Torres, a Filipino-American with a US passport to distribute drugs in the Philippines.

Senior Supt. Bartolome Tobias, head of the PNP’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force, said some teams are already hunting down those involved in the operations of the Sinaloa.

“Previously, we had reports that the Mexicans were here…This is the first time that we have confirmed that Mexicans are already here,” Tobias said.

Tobias did not say how they knew the Sinaloa cartel was involved.

The spokesman of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Derrick Carreon, said the entry of the Mexican cartel was based on “intelligence reports” but did not elaborate.

The Mexican embassy declined to comment.

The Sinaloa cartel is reputed to be the largest source of illegal drugs in the United States.

Its main leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001. He is now America’s most wanted drug trafficker, as well as being considered by Forbes as the most powerful criminal on the planet.

More than 77,000 people have been killed in Mexico in connection with organized crime since then-president Felipe Calderon launched a nationwide war against the cartels after taking office in 2006.

It was not clear why the Mexican cartel would have entered the Philippines, but Purisima, said the country’s strategic location and the difficulty of guarding the archipelago’s maritime borders made it easy to infiltrate.

“They are Mexicans and Chinese. There are other nationalities who are here but they are not as well organized. Sometimes they are here for a short time, and sometimes they are part of a bigger organization,” Purisima said. “The investigation is ongoing.”

Police on Thursday asked the Justice Department to prosecute the three arrested suspects for violating illegal drug laws.

The suspects were charged with violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and several other charges.

The police complaint said the three were arrested at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Christmas Day, inside the LPL Ranch owned by Leviste, who was recently granted parole after being imprisoned for the 2007 killing of his long-time aide Rafael delas Alas.

Police confiscated from the suspects 84 bags of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) worth P420 million, a .45-cal. pistol and a 12-gauge Winchester rifle.

Police said the farm was being leased out by Leviste to a certain Jorge Torres.

The police said the suspects belonged to a large group connected to a Chinese drug syndicate that had been supplying illegal drugs in Metro Manila and in the provinces of Calabarzon and Central Luzon.

It was also revealed that some members of the group are foreign nationals, particularly Chinese and Mexicans.

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) called on President Benigon Aquino III to revoke the parole granted to Leviste as a result of the incident.

“Our request is for the President to consider this development because there is a rule where both the lessor and lessee should be held solidarily liable for the mass production of illegal drugs,” Dante Jimenez, VACC founding chairman said.

Jimenez said the President should act on the recommendation submitted by the Justice Department on the parole grant to Leviste.

Leviste was released from the New Bilibid Prison earlier this month after being granted parole by the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP).

The BPP said Leviste had met all the requirements for parole, including serving of minimum period of his sentence for the homicide conviction for the 2007 killing of Delas Alas and good conduct while inside the prison.

Earlier, Leviste was slapped with a case for evasion of service of sentence after he was caught roaming in his LPL building in Makati City in violation of his “living out” privilege in May 2011. A Makati court acquitted him, however, after accepting his defense that he was legitimately outside the prison because he had been given the green light by prison officials. With Francisco Tuyay, Rio N. Araja, Rey E. Requejo and AFP

Mexican drug cartel now in Phl – PDEA

By Cecille Suerte Felipe (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 27, 2013 – 12:00am

Drug suspect Gary Tan stands between PDEA agents following a raid on a ranch in Lipa City, Batangas the other day. Lower photo shows part of the 84 kilos of shabu seized. ARNELL OZAETA

MANILA, Philippines – A Mexican drug cartel is now selling shabu (methamphetamine) in the Philippines, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said yesterday.

Authorities believed the 84 kilos of shabu worth P420 million seized during an operation at a ranch in Lipa City, Batangas on Christmas Day could be traced to the Mexican Sinaloa drug syndicate.

PDEA director general Arturo Cacdac Jr. said Mexico was the latest foreign country that has smuggled illegal drugs, particularly shabu, into the country, in addition to China and West African nations.

“We have monitored Chinese drug syndicates, then West African drug syndicates. Now we have confirmed that the Mexican Sinaloa drug syndicate has also penetrated the Philippine market,” said Cacdac in a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Cacdac said the confirmation was made with the assistance of the US Drug Enforcement Agency.

He said the PDEA and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are closely working to counter the operation of the drug syndicates.

“It is part of our investigation how the cartel was able to penetrate our country. So we are still in the process of determining what is the history behind the arrest of these people,” said PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima.

The Sinaloa cartel is reputed to be the largest source of illegal drugs to the United States.

Its main leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001. He is now America’s most wanted drug trafficker, as well as being considered by Forbes as the most powerful criminal on the planet.

Senior Superintendent Bartolome Tobias, chief of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF), said Gary Tan, alias Gary Chua, who was among three suspects arrested at the LPL Ranch in Lipa City, has links with the Mexican drug cartel.

“Pieces of info received by AIDSOTF showed a certain Gary Tan operating in Metro Manila and nearby regions. He has been working with a certain George (Jorge) Torres, an American with US passport, and both appeared in the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel,” said Tobias.

Aside from Tan, agents arrested Argay Argenos and his wife Rochelle during the raid, which also resulted in the seizure of 84 kilos of shabu packed in 84 vacuum sealed plastic bags placed in four traveling bags, a caliber .45 pistol with a magazine and 10 live ammunition, and a 12 gauge Winchester rifle with four live ammunition.

Purisima said authorities are looking into the link of the owner of LPL Ranch in Barangay Inosluban in Lipa to syndicate operations.

“We are studying the possibility of confiscating (the ranch) in favor of the government because it was used for drug business, but we all know they were just leasing the property and we will be consulting our lawyers,” the PNP chief noted.

When asked how the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel managed to penetrate the Philippine market without being intercepted upon entry, Purisima said the geographical location of the country could be one of the factors.

“We have 7,000 islands. If you go down south you can freely go to Sabah. There were times when they don’t pass through immigration. In piers, there were reports before containers were not opened, not checked so we have suspicions but we do not have evidence,” said Purisima. “There are so many ways of transporting drugs into our country.”

He said there were also cases when illegal drugs are manufactured in local shabu laboratories. “Sometimes we have seen laboratories being set up in different parts of the country. So it’s part of the job of the AIDSOTF and PDEA and we are working closely together to address these problems,” he added.

Raps filed against suspects

The three suspects arrested in the LPL Ranch in Lipa were charged before the Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday afternoon.

Charges of violation of Republic Act No. 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) and several other complaints were filed against Tan and the Argenos couple before the office of Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera.

Navera said he would issue a resolution after reviewing the evidence submitted by the police against the respondents.

Police said the LPL Ranch is reportedly owned by former Batangas governor Antonio Leviste, who recently stepped out of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City after being granted parole following his conviction for the 2007 killing of long-time aide Rafael delas Alas.

Investigators said the farm was being leased out by Leviste to a certain Jorge Torres, now the subject of a manhunt. Leviste’s daughter Toni, a top equestrian, vehemently denied that their family owned the LPL ranch in Barangay Inosluban in Lipa.

“That’s not our farm, ours is not even in the same compound. I heard it’s in the compound that my uncle had developed in Lipa but that has nothing to do with my dad. We don’t even own anything in the same development,” she explained.

Leviste reacted to a newspaper report yesterday (not The STAR) mentioning her father as owner of the LPL ranch, a vast gamecock breeding farm.

“We don’t know the tenants at all, nor do we go to that area, since our own farm is not in that area, ours is in another direction (towards Balete town). Our farm is in fact near the Lipa City Hall where the parole board office is, where my dad has to report monthly as part of his parole conditions,” she added. “My uncle (who owns LPL ranch) has actually been incapacitated since having a stroke over 10 years ago and a kidney transplant early this year. I can’t see why that has anything to do with the drugs seized, even if it’s in his property. Just like the drugs seized in Ayala Alabang a few years ago, the developers of the village had nothing to do with the issue, why do they have to mention my father’s name?”

She said insinuations were unfair as their farm “is an eco farm where even smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol is discouraged, so having drugs within our premises is out of this world.”

Leviste was released from the NBP earlier this month after being granted parole by the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP).

The BPP had explained that Leviste had met all the requirements for parole, including serving of minimum period of his sentence for homicide conviction for the 2007 killing of delas Alas and good conduct while inside the NBP in Muntinlupa City. With Edu Punay, Arnell Ozaeta




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