Drug Lord Kerwin Espinosa.

ALBUERA, Leyte Sept. 24 -– Police here have seized PHP24 million worth of shabu after a trusted aide of alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa surrendered himself to authorities on Friday morning.

Police confiscated three kg. of shabu, which were already wrapped and ready for selling, from Max Miro, whom town police chief, Chief Insp. Juvy Espenido, identified as Kerwin’s trusted aide and is believed to be a hitman for the Espinosa group.

Wearing jeans and a black sweat shirt, the 40-year-old Miro handed a loaded 9-mm pistol to the police.

During the first raid in the house of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., Miro and other bodyguards managed to escape. He went into hiding in Cebu with his family for three months.

Miro however gave himself up to Albuera police for fear of his safety.

Espenido said Miro’s surrender would strengthen the case against the protectors of Kerwin’s alleged drug business.

“All vital information provided by Miro will be used as evidence for cases that will be filed at the Ombudsman against government officials identified as Kerwin’s alleged protectors,” Espenido


Miro turned himself in to Espenido weeks after Mayor Espinosa called for him and three others to surrender. He was the last to yield.

Miro said he gained the confidence of Kerwin after working for him as his driver a few years back. He claimed to be a drug user but said his substance abuse is under control. (PNA)