One down; Suspected drug lord arrested in Koronadal


The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency claimed to neutralize a big-time drug syndicate operating in Koronadal City, South Cotabato and General Santos City with the arrest of a suspected drug lord there.

Arrested was Ruel Espinoza, 54, an agri-product businessman suspected of using his business as a front in selling drugs, PDEA SOCCSKSARGEN director Gil Castro said.

PDEA agents arrested Espinoza in Barangay Sto. Nino, Koronadal City after almost a month of subjecting him to surveillance.

Castro said Espinoza belonged to El Patron Group drug syndicate operating in Koronadal and General Santos City and nearby areas.

Seized from him were 100 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride worth P500,000, a weighing scale, two M-4 rifles, a rifle grenade, a cal-.45 pistol, cal-.22 handgun, and an air gun.