Last week, the news was a buzz after two instances happened in two jails located in barangay Cabawan reportedly had incursions of contraband, one involving a priest and other a minor.
On Monday, a priest who had been saying Mass inside the Bohol District Jail was banned after he turned in a box of biscuits supposedly to be delivered to an inmate.
It turns out the box of biscuits brought in by Fr. James Darunday had 50 packs of cigarettes and 93 dried tobacco leaves.
Jail warden Chief Insp. Felipe Montejo said tobacco is considered a “nuisance contraband”, which is not allowed.
Reports said Darunday was asked by the wife of an inmate to bring in a box of biscuit.
The wife was barred from entering the jail facility since visitation rights of the inmate were suspended, said Montejo as quoted by some reports.
The priest, unwittingly brought in the nuisance contraband after he was asked by the wife to bring the “food stuff” inside the jail.
Darunday maintained he never had knowledge about the tobacco and cigarettes being hidden inside and concealed by a heap of biscuits.
The priest said had he known there were “contraband” inside, he wouldn’t have brought the box of biscuits inside the jail.
Montejo told the Tribune on Tuesday the disciplinary board handed out a decision giving a sanction to Darunday and disallowing him to enter the facility and saying Mass to inmates.
While being banned means a lighter work load, Darunday rues the chance of not being able to say Mass to the inmates as his heart bleeds for their spiritual need in times of crisis.
Reports said it was the second time the wife asked the priest to deliver food stuff to the detained husband.
After two days, a minor was caught trying to smuggle suspected shabu inside the Tagbilaran City Jail also located in barangay Cabawan.
This time, the suspected shabu was concealed inside a box of soap.
Reports said a jail guard was able to detect the attempt to smuggle the alleged illegal drug to a detainee inside the city jail.
The guard was inspecting the belongings of the minor when the suspected illegal drug was discovered.
The suspected illegal drug weight at least five grams.
Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency interrogated the minor said he was instructed to bring the suspected drugs to an inmate identified in the reports as a certain Marlon Tampos.
Prior to last week, about 10 packets of suspected shabu were found during a surprise inspection at the Bohol District Jail.
The discovery of the shabu packets led to a more stringent inspection on the belongings by jail authorities.
The use of conduits has now emerged following the tighter security imposed in the two jail facilities located in the city.
Observers say the use of the conduits could be the last resort of some people to smuggle some contraband inside the jail.