Lac­son: San Car­los City drug car­tel al­le­ga­tions are ‘re-hashed’

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Front Page - By Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga

In re­sponse to be­ing named in a com­plaint re­gard­ing a sus­pected drug car­tel op­er­at­ing out of San Car­los City, Vice Gover­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son said the al­le­ga­tions are “re-hashed.”

“There is no more men­tion of me be­ing a user, it's now me as a pro­tec­tor,” he said. “There is un­nec­es­sary time and at­ten­tion that I have to give to that.”

Last week, Al­fredo Hulleza, Cipri­ano Jimez, Ch­eryl Vir­tu­cio Al­buro, and Pru­den­cio Bar­ran­gan Mahilum named the vice gover­nor in a com­plaint be­fore the Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI) that claimed a sus­pected San Car­los City drug car­tel was sup­ply­ing il­le­gal drugs to the prov­ince.

Lac­son added, the af­fi­davits filed against him are the same, al­beit made by four sep­a­rate per­son­al­i­ties.

Aside from Lac­son, Marton Cui, sus­pected drug lord Peter Lim, Ilde­fonso Vir­tu­cio, Jr., Mar­cial Garingo, along with an undis­closed gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial were also named in the com­plaint.

The af­fi­davits, which were for­warded to the NBI Task Force Anti-Il­le­gal Drugs Unit, claimed drugs, al­legedly sup­plied by Lim, were be­ing trans­ported from Cebu; while drugs were also re­port­edly sup­plied by Vir­tu­cio, who is presently in­car­cer­ated at the New Bili­bid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

They iden­ti­fied Cui as a drug lord op­er­at­ing in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, who is in con­nivance with Lim and Vir­tu­cio; while the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials were al­legedly pro­tect­ing the car­tel.

The com­plainants also claimed the car­tel is ac­tive in pro­tect­ing il­le­gal gam­bling and ac­cused Cui of pro­vid­ing food, medicine, and weapons to the New Peo­ple’s Army.

Ear­lier, Hulleza re­vealed around 50 kilo­grams of shabu en­ters the San Car­los City port ev­ery month, which is then trans­ported by Vir­tu­cio to a ware­house lo­cated in Barangay San Isidro, Cala­trava. Drug deal­ers from across the prov­ince sub­se­quently visit the fa­cil­ity to pick up their sup­ply.

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