TWENTY-SIX small packs of suspected shabu and some drug paraphernalia were among the items seized from inmates of Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) during an inspection yesterday morning.
The search, called Operation Greyhound, was done just as acting CPDRC Warden Roberto “Bobby” Legaspi returned to work following the resignation of his successor, Audesti Migue, last month.
Around 119 jail cells, including CPDRC’s administration offices, were inspected. Operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7, Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) and the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) team joined the operation.
The drugs were found inside four cells where suspects involved in illegal drug cases were detained.
Several sachets of suspected shabu were also recovered from the cell of alleged drug lord Alvaro “Barok” Alvaro.
Aside from the illegal drugs, other contraband such as lighters, drug-sniffing paraphernalia, TV monitors, cellular phones and money were recovered during the operation.
A vault containing P250,000 from detainees’ cooperative were also recovered. Legaspi told reporters yesterday that they included the vault in their search to check if drug sales and contraband were kept there.
Legaspi said allowing vaults inside the jail makes it possible for detainees to hide contraband and money to extort jail officers.
Earl Rallos, PDEA 7 public information officer and one of the raiding agents during the greyhound operation, told reporters that they confiscated the SIM packs of the confiscated cellular phones as they wanted to determine if they were used for illegal purposes.
Following the operation, jail personnel and operatives from PPSC conductinged strict watch at CPDRC to ensure the illegal contraband will not slip through.
This is the first joint greyhound operation conducted at the CPDRC since the start of the year. (JKV)