By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
A complaint has been filed with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) surrounding a suspected San Carlos City drug cartel, which points to a Negros Occidental provincial government official, San Carlos City official, and several businessmen.
In a press conference yesterday, the complainants. identified as Alfredo Hulleza, Cipriano Jimez, Cheryl Virtucio Alburo, and Prudencio Barrangan Mahilum, confirmed they filed a complaint against the undisclosed government officials, along with Marton Cui, suspected drug lord Peter Lim, Ildefonso Virtucio, Jr. and Marcial Garingo for allegedly supplying illegal drugs to the province.
Their affidavits, which were forwarded to the NBI Task Force Anti-Illegal Drugs unit earlier this week, claimed drugs, allegedly supplied by Lim, were being transported from Cebu; 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 admitted to previously being part of the cartel.
Hulleza reiterated earlier comments, saying, the cartel turned on him. The organization reportedly attempted to assassinate both him and his brother, killing the latter.
Aside from illegal drugs, 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.
Watchmen Daily Journal tried to reach the involved politicians and Cui for comment over the allegations, but they have yet to respond as of press time./DGB, WDJ