‘Overpriced’ phones infiltrate City jail

SMUGGLED cellphones were confiscated in a greyhound operation at the Cebu City Jail (CCJ) in Barangay Kalunasan on Feb. 29, 2020.

According to an intelligence report of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, the incident allegedly involves jail personnel working with drug lord inmates in the CCJ.

An ordinary touchscreen cellphone that can be bought commercially at P10,000 is sold at around P50,000 inside the CCJ, while a standard cellphone valued between P1,000 and P3,000 is priced at P20,000 to P30,000 in the jail.

The phones are believed to have been smuggled into the CCJ by jail personnel.

PRO 7 Director Albert Ferro earlier said they do not deny the possibility that some jail personnel are working with individuals inside the CCJ, especially since several cellphones and other contraband have been found despite their strict inspection measures.

Supt. Julius Arro, jail warden of CCJ, told Superbalita Cebu that they are already conducting an investigation.

However, Arro didn’t disclose any information as to how many jail personnel were involved.

Arro said the CCJ continues to be plagued by drug issues.

To address the problem, Arro plans to clean up the ranks in the CCJ particularly those “connected” with detained drug personalities.

Arro added that they are waiting for the outcome of the investigation in relation to the discovery of the cellphones inside the CCJ. (GPL / RSR)


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