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QC ‘shabu queen’ falls

Police announced yesterday the arrest of Quezon City’s “Shabu Queen” who was linked to big-time drug suppliers in Manila and Mindanao as well as so-called “ninja cops” in a recent operation.

Hapida Ditanongun alias “Madam”, 33, was arrested by Quezon City police last October 2 in her apartment unit on Baloy Street, Barangay Doña Imelda. She was caught with her cohort identified as Justin Oliver De Vera, 35, repacking shabu.

The two were collared after Ditanongun’s helper, Aleli Medina, reported her to police due to abuse and attempt “to kill her.”

Police confiscated from the suspects some 25 grams of shabu, a weighing scale and other drug paraphernalia, two cellphones, a fan knife, P6,240 cash and two hand grenades.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) chief Senior Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said that while the seized items were not their greatest haul in illegal drugs, they nabbed Ditanongun who is as a high-value drug personality.

He said Ditanongun was a notorious drug supplier responsible for the rampant illegal drugs activities in the first and fourth district of Quezon City.

Probers discovered she was supplying drugs to four top drug pushers in Quezon City, two of them now in jail; while the two others, namely Jerry Padre alias “Buto” and Jesus Jonas alias “Hudas” were killed in police operations last week.

Ditanongun also revealed she had been arrested thrice for illegal drugs, but was able to elude jail time due to her connections to several narco-police officers in the QCPD, and those who “milk” her money in exchange for her release.

She also admitted selling “recycled illegal drugs” supplied to her by “ninja cops,” including anti-drug cop Senior Insp. Ramon Castillo, who was killed in an encounter with his fellow police last July 26.

Police also found out that she was using “proxies” to avoid jail time. (Vanne Elaine P. Terrazola)