SELF-confessed drug trafficker Kerwin Espinosa and alleged big-time drug lord Peter Go Lim are in for more legal woes after the National Bureau of Investigation filed criminal charges against them before the Department of Justice in connection with their alleged involvement in Cebu City’s large-scale shabu trade.
Also charged for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (RA 9165) were Lovely Adam Impal, Melvin Gerpacio, Reynaldo Diaz, Ryan Diaz and Wu Tuan Yuan alias Peter Co.
Section 5 of RA 9165 declares as illegal the “sale, trading, dispensation, administration, delivery, and transportation of dangerous drugs and or controlled precursors and essential chemicals.”
Lim, who was earlier identified by President Duterte as a big-time drug lord, is the subject of a warrant issued by a Makati court in another drug-related case. He remains in hiding up to the present.
Co, on the other hand, is serving a life term for drug trafficking at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa city, while Impal has been arrested by PDEA operatives in Iligan city.
In filing the drug complaints, the NBI relied on Espinosa’s “extrajudicial confession” executed in 2016 which detailed his group’s illegal drugs operations, as well as on the testimony of co-accused Diaz and Gerpacio.
The NBI said Espinosa’s group operated from 2008 to 2011 in several barangays in Cebu city while he was in detention for estafa and another drug case.
“In 2008, Kerwin Espinosa started his large-scale shabu trade in Cebu City inside the Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center where he was detained pending the decision of his RA 9165 case,” the NBI said, adding: “Kerwin’s supplier of shabu were fellow inmate Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz through Ryan and Reynaldo Diaz, Peter Go Lim, Lovely Adam Impal and Peter Co.”
Jaguar was killed in a police operation in Las Piñas City in 2016.
The NBI said Espinosa used cellular phones, electronic money transfer and bank transactions in carrying out his drug business and hired Gerpacio to distribute shabu and collect payments.
“Based on evidence gathered, the respondents conspired in trading and trafficking of shabu in Cebu City using cellphones, electronic transactions and bank deposits among others from 2008 to 2011,”the NBI said.
The group, the NBI added, transacted five to 10 kilos of shabu during the heyday of their operation.
Last month, Espinosa and 25 others were indicted before the DOJ in connection with their involvement in the illegal drugs trade in Eastern Visayas from 2011 to 2016.