Wednesday August 22, 2018

Leyte police stall Espinosa drug group’s return

THE provincial police have stepped up their monitoring against the entry of illegal drugs into Leyte following reports that remnants of the Espinosa drug group have resumed their operation in the province.

Senior Superintendent Norberto Tuazon, Leyte Police director, said they are still validating reports that the illegal drug trade is gaining traction due to the regrouping of former drug group members in Albuera, Leyte, the hometown of self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

Kerwin, now detained at a facility of the National Bureau of Investigation, is the son of Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa, who was killed in a raid inside his detention cell on November 5, 2016.

The Eastern Visayas police reported that the Espinosa group was supplying 30 kilograms to 50 kilograms of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) every month in the region and nearby areas during Kerwin’s “heyday.”

Tuazon said they have been closely monitoring terminals, ports, airports, night clubs, and other establishments to prevent the recurrence of illegal drugs.

Leyte is merely a transshipment point for illegal drugs since they have not monitored the presence of laboratories in the area, Tuazon said in an interview.

He noted that the strict enforcement of anti-drug laws and successful implementation of the war against drugs have resulted in a significant drop in illegal drugs in Leyte. (PNA)