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Court freezes drug lord’s assets

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The Court of Appeals issued a freeze order on all the assets of an alleged drug lord in Cebu based on the combined petition of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).


Gen. Debold Sinas, PNP chief, and Mel Georgie Racela, AMLC executive director, implemented the order on Charlie Duhaylungsod Fortuna who owned two real estate properties and 10 bank accounts allegedly to facilitate drug trafficking activities.


Sinas said that Fortuna was arrested during a buy-bust operation by police on February 9, 2019 at Vista Montana Subdivision, Purok 6, Barangay Cubacub, Mandaue City. Confiscated from his possession was shabu worth P47.7 million.


Police also recovered three deposit slips, post-dated checks, and remittance slips from Fortuna indicating that he was laundering proceeds purportedly from drug sales.


Though the property’s transfer certificate title was issued to Fortuna’s aunt, the probe revealed that Fortuna himself was the owner, Sinas said.
Sinas said that Fortuna’s other property, located in Ozamiz City, was also ordered frozen by the Court of Appeals.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), AMLC, and PNP also on Monday, Feb. 15 also asked the Court of Appeals to issue a freeze order on a house in Cebu City and other properties owned by spouses Artemio and Daisy Salas, who currently have a warrant of arrest, and are linked to the alleged drug trafficking group Kuratong Baleleng.

The couple owned a two-storey house located in a high-end village in Barangay Guadalupe worth about P5 million and other properties in Ozamiz and Maasin, Southern Leyte.


The bank accounts of the Salas couple were already frozen, said Wilkins Villanueva, PDEA chief.

“Running after ill-secured assets of arrested drug lords, terrorists, smugglers, and other organized criminal groups and individuals clearly shows that the government is serious in this fight,” Sinas said.


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