NO ILLEGAL drugs, drug paraphernalia, and firearm were confiscated but only banned items after a surprise raid was launched by authorities at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Davao City Wednesday morning.
In the operation dubbed as "Greyhound," operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao Region and BJMP Davao, led by its director Jail Senior Superintendent Lyndon D. Torres, launched the raid inside the BJMP facility in Barangay Ma-a to validate the reports about the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the detention facility.
After randomly inspecting four detention cells, banned items seized at the BJMP facility were cigarettes, electrical wires, DVD players, DVDs, and pointed objects, including shavers and ballpens, and toothbrush.
Authorities also conducted similar surprise raids at the Lupon District Jail on Monday.
PDEA Davao director Adzhar Albani said that a memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed between PDEA Davao and BJMP Davao before the operations were conducted.
Albani said that this will not be the last of their surprise raids in different district jails all over the region.
"Hindi lang ito sa BJMP mai-implement ang operation "Greyhound" pati narin sa ibang areas sa region (The Operation "Greyhound" will not be just implemented here in the city but also to other areas)," Albani told reporters during an interview at the PDAE Davao office Thursday morning.
Albani said these efforts will further eliminate the reported proliferation of illegal drugs used by the detainees inside the jails.
"The drug pushers are jailed for them to be reformed. But how can they be reformed if they are still involved in illegal drug activities," Albani added in the vernacular.
But Albani admitted there is a need to coordinate with BJMP in implementing these surprise raids as they are the main agency in charge inside a detention facility.
Albani bared that they have yet to gather the complete data on the list of jails and detention facilities that need to be monitored by PDEA Davao for illegal drug activities.
There is also a need to coordinate first with the Bureau of Corrections as well as the Davao Prison and Penal Farm (formerly Dapecol) before conducting surprise raids.