PERSONNEL of the Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail (MOPJ) and the anti-narcotics agents have rummaged around the detention cells of inmates and seized several prohibited items, Tuesday, October 17.
The more than three hours of search resulted to the confiscation of some 62 cellular phones, chargers, headsets, eating utensils such as spoon and fork, cigarettes, and dried marijuana leaves.
Governor Yevgeny Emano ordered the MOPJ to conduct greyhound operations or "Oplan Galugad" together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), to eliminate contraband inside the jail facility.
MOPJ warden Dominador Tagarda said the operation was also in preparation for the National Correctional Consciousness Week which will kick off next Monday.
"Mando kini ni Governor Bambi nga kanunay ta maghimo sa oplan galugad ug ipa-invite ang PDEA,"Tagarda said.
Authorities did not found methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, or drug paraphernalia.
Tagarda said they also discovered bladed weapons but those were used by the inmates in making lanterns for their livelihood.
"Katong marijuana nakita nato sa alkuba pero wala nay baho. Walay nakita nga shabu or drug paraphernalia,"Tagarda added.
"Naay nakuha bladed weapons pero gamit to panghimo sa lantern kanang ilang ginabaligya during Christmas season,"Tagarda added.
Jail officials are set to validate and identify the owners of the confiscated contraband.
Tagarda said they will investigate how these banned items went through inside the MOPJ.
But, the jail warden said jail guards who were previously booted out were likely responsible for sneaking in contraband inside the detention cells.
"Sumala sa mga inmates nga katong mga gwardya nga wala na diri maoy gapalusot sa mga items," Tagarda said.
The MOPJ has about 825 inmates occupying the seven cells for male and another cell for women and jail trustees.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 18, 2017.