A BATANGAS court ordered the arrest of two alleged operators of the notorious Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel in the Philippines.

Arrest warrants were issued against Jaime Sanchez and Carlos Isaac Ochoa for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Senior Superintendent Benjamin Lusad, Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operatives Task Force (AIDSOTF) director, said Sanchez and Ochoa were among the targets of the joint PNP and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) sting operation in a cock-fighting farm in Lipa City, Batangas in December 2013.

During the said raid, 84 kilograms of suspected shabu worth P420 million were recovered while three affiliates of the Mexican drug cartel, including one Garry Tan, were arrested.

Other suspects with outstanding arrest warrants in relation to the said operation were Filipino-American Jorge Torres and Eduardo Dela Vega Gonzales who went in to hiding, said Lusad.

Lusad said the Sinaloa drug syndicate remains as one of the most powerful and notorious drug syndicate in the world since it started its operation in 1989.

Lusad said the Lipa operation had confirmed that the drug syndicate is looking to expand its operation in the country.

"With these arrest order, we can now ask the DFA (department of Foreign Affairs) and DOJ (Department of Justice) for processing the extradition of Jorge Torres who is reported to be hiding somewhere in the USA (United States)," Lusad said.

He said coordination with Interpol, US, DOJ, DEA, National Bureau of Investigation and PDEA will be made for the immediate arrest of Sanchez and Ochoa. (Sunnex)