Police seize ₱88 million worth of shabu from Espinosa’s home

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Albuera, Leyte (CNN Philippines) — Authorities seized ₱88 million worth of shabu and ingredients used for making bombs in a raid at the house of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. early Wednesday.

Espinosa is one of the local government officials identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as  protectors of illegal drug activities.

The Leyte Provincial Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency led the anti-drug operations at Espinosa’s home in Barangay Benolho at around 6:20 a.m. No one was arrested in the raid.

The shabu recovered, which weighed 11 kilos, along with the chemicals used in making bombs, will be used as evidence in filing charges against Espinosa for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and illegal possession of explosives under Republic Act 9516, police said.

Albuera Police Chief Jovie Espenido said they received an intelligence report that there were illegal drugs in Espinosa’s house and then obtained a search warrant from Baybay City Regional Trial Court Branch 10 judge Carlos Arguilles.

Last week, police engaged armed men believed to be Espinosa’s bodyguards outside his house and killed six of them.

Also read: PNP: 6 killed in Albuera, Leyte encounter

Espinosa already turned himself in to Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa last Tuesday after Duterte said he would give a “shoot-on-sight” order if the mayor did not surrender within 24 hours. Espinosa said he surrendered for fear for his life.

His son, Kerwin, who has a standing warrant of arrest in connection with illegal drug operations, remains at large.