MANILA (Mabuhay) – Police have filed charges against Leyte province’s Albuera town mayor Rolando Espinosa and his son Kerwin over alleged possession of illegal drugs and illegal possession of firearms.
The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has filed the charges against the drug suspects after the police seized over 11 kilos of suspected shabu and a cache of firearms and explosives components in one of the houses of the mayor in Albuera town on Wednesday.
Authorities estimated the value of the shabu seized on Wednesday at P88 million.
Operatives also seized ammonium nitrate, blasting caps, firing wires and black powder in the raid.
Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, chief of the Albuera police, said they were able to secure a search warrant on Espinosa’s ancestral home after receiving positive information that kilograms of shabu are being stored in the compound.
Espenido said the information came from Espinosa’s men who were arrested in past police operations.
Last week, Espinosa surrendered to PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. The suspect was allowed to stay for several days at the top cop’s residence in Camp Crame, the so-called PNP White House.
While in Manila, policemen killed six alleged men of Espinosa in Albuera. The gunmen were killed in a shootout outside the residences of the mayor in Barangay Benolho.
Dela Rosa kicked out Espinosa from his official residence after the mayor’s suspected drug lord son, Kerwin, failed to meet the deadline for him to surrender.
At present, Mayor Espinosa remains confined in a hospital