P88-M worth of shabu found in Espinosa residence

ELEVEN kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) worth at least P88 million were recovered in an ancestral house owned by Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa in Sitio Tinago II, Baranggay Binulho in the said town.

Albuera chief of Police Senior Inspector Jovie Espinido said they were able to enter the premises through the virtue of a search warrant issued by judge Carlos Arguelles of the Leyte Regional Trial Court Branch 14.

He said only the care takers were present during the search operations when they recovered kilos of alleged shabu placed in 11 plastic bag containers in the kitchen.

Also seized, according to Espinido, were components and ingredients used in making Improvised Explosive Devices as well as seven sets of camouflage green police uniform.

Espinido said they could have recovered more illegal drugs in the house if the search warrant was issued earlier.

It was the same house where the Regional Public Safety Battalion had an encounter with the alleged men of Espinosa last Friday that resulted in the killing of six people and the recovery of high-powered firearms.

The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group filed cases in relation to illegal drugs and illegal possession of firearms against the Espinosa and his son Kerwin, who remains at large.

On August 2, Espinosa submitted himself to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa after President Rodrigo Duterte issued a shoot-on-sight order against him and his son due to their alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade in their area. (Sunnex)

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