Through discreet large-scale drug deals at a mall in Makati City, around 100 kilos of shabu made their way to Central and Eastern Visayas including the province of Bohol from 2013 to 2015, police said.
According to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), the transactions were carried out among Cebu businessman Peter Go Lim, Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa and the group of Peter Co.
In a drug trafficking complaint filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the three suspects and several others last week, the CIDG indicated that alleged Visayas drug kingpin Espinosa was supplied “staggering amounts” of drugs by Lim.
The CIDG’s allegations were based on statements made by Marcelo Adorco who was allegedly part of Espinosa’s drug ring.
Adorco was caught in a drug buy-bust operation on July 8, 2016 in Albuera, Leyte, Espinosa’s hometown.
In his sworn statement, Adorco noted that both Lim and Co each supplied Espinosa’s group with 20 kilos of shabu in February of 2013 during two deals both made at Cash and Carry in Makati City.
“Both amounts of shabu were intended for transportation, selling, distribution and trading in the area controlled by their group (Espinosa Group) in Regions 7 and 8 (Bohol, Samar Northern and Southern Leyte, Biliran, and some parts of Cebu),” said the CIDG based on Adorco’s statements.
According to Adorco, four more drug transactions took place between Espinosa’s group and Lim also in Cash and Carry in 2014.
On June 4, 2015, Lim and Espinosa allegedly met in Thailand to thresh out another drug transaction which was then carried out again at the parking lot of Cash and Carry on June 7, 2015.
That time, Lim supplied Espinosa’s group with 50 kilos of shabu as per their deal in Thailand.
The drug supply was also meant for distribution in Central and Eastern Visayas, said Adorco.
In the same complaint, the CIDG listed names, mostly aliases, of respondents allegedly involved in the alleged big-time drug suspects’ operations and their provinces of origin.
Of the over 20 respondents, one suspect was from Bohol and was identified only as “Yawa.”
The CIDG did not indicate whether or not the said respondent was Rowen “Yawa” Secretaria, an alleged drug lord based in Bohol.
Secretaria was killed in 2016 during a police anti-drug operation at his hideout in Banacon Island, Getafe.