PALO, Leyte -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has launched an investigation on the recent recovery of illegal drugs paraphernalia and other contrabands during clearing operations inside jail facilities in Eastern Visayas.
PNP Regional Director Gilberto Cruz said Thursday, September 21, that they have to identify the owners of confiscated prohibited items and how these were brought inside prison cells.
“We have indicators. The next step is to identify these individuals, especially those who are allegedly involved in illegal drug trade inside the jail,” Cruz told reporters.
He believes that there is illegal drug trade in some prison complexes after the recovery of drug paraphernalia, which include a weighing scale, syringe, and improvised tooter. No shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) or marijuana were found.
Also seized during the September 9 clearing operations were television, karaoke, mobile phones, laptop, tablets, DVD player, and mobile internet.
Joint personnel of the PNP, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology also found knives, improvised steel arrow, screwdrivers, hammer, chisel, hacksaw blade, wooden baton and steel bars.
The inspection also yielded playing cards, bingo card set, mahjong sets, chips, and tattoo kits.
What surprised Cruz was the confiscation of a drone at the Leyte Provincial Jail.
“We have already destroyed the items because we don’t want to be accused that policemen use confiscated items,” Cruz said.
Jail facilities that yielded drug paraphernalia is the priority of their follow-up inspection.
The PNP will hold a dialogue with officials manning the jail facilities to discuss measures on how to make prison facilities drug-free. (PNA)