Contrabands captured in La Trinidad jail

JAIL officers from the La Trinidad Municipal District Jail continue to discover contraband while conducting regular inspections.

Senior Jail Officer 4 John Melecio said they seized prohibited items inside the cells such as nails, spoons and fork, hangers, buckled belts, tin can, pencils and pens, hair pins, and scalpel used during handicraft workshops.

"Our persons deprived of liberty are somehow resourceful and they can hide these items despite our strict management," Melecio said adding they have already caught five individuals hiding these contrabands.

Jail officials conduct thorough search on a regular basis in a week but also conduct surprise search if the needs arises or when jail guards have unusual observations to persons deprived of liberty.

"They think these are not contraband but we prohibit them because it is a violation of our laws. For the violators, we warn them, educate them and for another offense, we give them punishment like restrictions in entertaining their visitors," Melecio explained.

However, illegal drugs have not yet found its way at the municipal district jail but a visitor was banned from seeing their relative after trying to bring in cigarettes.

"We have intercepted the cigarettes at the gate after inspection," he said.

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