Remulla wants swift prosecution of Canadian in Alitagtag drug haul

22 May 2024

The Department of Justice -National Prosecution Service (DOJ-NPS) recommended the filing of charges against a Canadian national for possession of drugs and use of fictitious name.

The case stemmed from the investigation conducted by the PNP-NCRPO Regional Intelligence Division to identify the possible cohorts of Michael Zarate M. Ajalon in connection with the Alitagtag drug bust last 15 April 2024.  

On 16 May 2024, Quinn was arrested in a spa in Tagaytay City by virtue of a mission order issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) which stemmed from Interpol's Red Notice against him.

Seized from Quinn during the operation were dangerous drugs as well as several identification cards under different names with the same facial photographs.

Considering that Quinn was implicated in the Alitagtag drug case, this will be a subject of further case build-up and preliminary investigation to determine his particular participation and the involvement of others in the said case.

Last month, a passenger van carrying the illegal contrabands was flagged down at a checkpoint in Barangay Pinagkurusan, Alitagtag where the driver, identified as Michael Zarate M. Ajalon was arrested along with the seizure of the tons of shabu.

According to authorities, Quinn played a big roll in the delivery of the tons of shabu in Alitagtag, Batangas.

Reports claim that Quinn and the arrested driver were connected.

"We want no part of international fugitives, you may have evaded the laws of your country but not ours," said the Secretary.

"Prosecute swiftly to the fullest extent of the law," the Secretary stressed.

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