Drug charges filed vs Kerwin, Peter Lim, Peter Co, 4 more

KERWIN ESPINOSA AT MANILA RTC BRANCH 20 / AUGUST 30, 2018 Self confessed drug distributor Kerwin Espinosa arrives at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 20 in Manila escorted by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents on Thursday, August 30, 2018, to attend the hearing on the illegal drug cases filed by the Department of Justice against him. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

MANILA, Philippines ֫— The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday filed drug trafficking charges against alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, alleged drug suppliers Peter Go Lim and Peter Co, and four others for their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade in Cebu City.

According to the joint affidavit by agents of the NBI Task Force Against Illegal Drugs, the group “conspired in trading and trafficking ‘shabu’ (crystal meth) in Cebu City using cell phones, electronic money transfer and bank deposits, among others, from 2008 to 2011.”

The affidavit added that Espinosa was consigned between 50 grams to 1 kilogram of shabu by suppliers Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz and Lovely Impal.

Jaguar, reportedly the top drug lord of Cebu, was killed in a police operation in Las Piñas in 2016.

The NBI also charged Reynaldo “Jumbo” Diaz, Jaguar’s right-hand man.  Both Jumbo and Espinosa confirmed that the main source of illegal drugs was Peter Co, the NBI said.

Jumbo is currently under the Department of Justice witness protection program.

Lovely Adam Impal, who allegedly supplied Espinosa shabu from Co, was also charged.

Also implicated was Melvin Gerpacio, who allegedly handled Espinosa’s money from the trade. Ryan Diaz, who allegedly received Espinosa’s payments from Jaguar’s shipment, was also charged.