Probe set on suspects drugs found in BDJ

Probe is now underway to identify the owners of the suspected drugs that were found in a cell in Bohol District Jail (BDJ) last week, after a surprise inspection was conducted.

Jail Warden Insp. Felipe Montejo said no one among those imprisoned in Cell No. 17, where the suspected illegal drugs were found, has admitted possession. He said in an interview over dyTR last week, he is confident that a secret informant will be providing information about the identity of the culprit any time after sending feelers.

As this developed, the warden said it is possible for the jail management to suspend the visitation privilege of the inmates following the discovery of suspected drugs in the jail facility.

As of press time, the jail management hasn’t decided on the penalty that will be imposed to the prisoners because of the scandalous discovery.

The surprise inspections have been regular events, but it is the first time, suspected shabu was found in the facility since Montejo’s assumption as warden of BDJ. In October, plastic sachets with shabu residue were found, but no drugs were discovered.

Regular contraband items include cellphones, bladed weapons and articles and drug paraphernalia.

Just the same, a probe will be conducted to find out who is the culprit. Montejo said charges of possession of illegal drugs will be filed against the suspect on top of the cases the inmate is already facing.

About 10 packets of suspected shabu were seized following a surprise inspection at the Bohol District Jail on Monday.  The value of the suspected shabu was reportedly pegged at P26,000.

Montejo confirmed, in an interview, the seizure of the packets of suspected shabu as some other contraband were confiscated during the surprise greyhound inspection.

A combined team from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Telephone and Radio System Integrated Emergency Response of Bohol joined the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology conducted the so-called “greyhound” inspection Monday morning.

Aside from suspected shabu, a cellphone and alleged improvised weapons were confiscated by the authorities during the inspection.

The suspected shabu packets were seized at Cell No. 17, said Montejo with about 38 inmates.

Reports quoted Montejo who revealed inmates admitted drugs are being smuggled into the jail.

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY

In previous greyhound inspections, at least two were found to be in possession with large amount of cash.

About P25,000 in cash were in the possession of a female inmate, which was explained to be proceeds of the jail coop’s income. Montejo said no inmate can hold large sums of money. The coop has been the one in charge of the jail’s commissary.

Another inmate was found to be holding P22,000 purportedly to be used as payment for her lawyer.

Back in August, an inmate was caught with P69,000 in his possession.

Another instance where an inmate was found in possession of P29,000 in May.

EXTENSION BUILDING

Meanwhile, the bidding for the 10-cell extension building inside the BDJ complex will be conducted soon.

The extension building will help ease the overcrowding problem. More than 949 inmates are staying in the jail facility located in barangay Cabawan, but the jail is designed with a capacity of 450 inmates.

Montejo said about 75 percent of the inmates jailed in the BDJ face drug-related raps.

At the same time, an appropriation of P1 million will be earmarked for the purchase of another transport vehicle.

Couple of months ago, Montejo asked the Sangguniang Panlalawigan about an additional vehicle for the BDJ. Following a committee hearing, the request for a new vehicle was granted.

The vehicles being used by the BDJ guards are too small to transport anumber of inmates. Some vehicles are too old and having new vehicles can help a lot in the transport of inmates to court hearings.

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