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P24-M shabu seized from Kerwin aide

ALBUERA, Leyte – Police here have seized P24-million worth of shabu after a trusted aide of alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa surrendered to authorities on Friday morning.

Police confiscated three kilograms of shabu, already wrapped and ready for sale, from Max Miro.

Miro was identified by town police chief, Chief Insp. Juvy Espenido, 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 when he gave up Friday.

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

Miro gave himself up to the 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 said.

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)