A STAGGERING P4.6 million cash and an estimated P1 million worth of shabu were confiscated from the Cebu City and provincial jails inmates before dawn yesterday, August 13, the biggest haul from an Oplan Galugad or Greyhound Operation in the city so far.

During the operations in two jail facilities, it validated the former inmate’s tip, that drug users were posing as visitors, in order to buy and use illegal drugs behind bars.

The operation was conducted by the PRO 7, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) 7, and the Coast Guard.

Cebu jails, a multi-million drug market
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“Ginagawa na nilang tiangge at drug den ang kulungan kasi yung mga dumadalaw nagkukunwaring bisita pero dito na sila gumagamit kasi natatakot sila sa labas dahil dun sa Operation Tokhang (They have turned the jails into a one-stop-shop and a drug den. Some junkies posed as visitors in order to use shabu inside, because they were afraid of the Tokhang operations outside),” Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Noli TaliƱo said in a report.

Cebu jails, a multi-million drug market
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Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III thanked the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) and PDEA for helping the Capitol fight illegal drugs, following the search that yielded drugs and unauthorized gadgets like cell phones and portable WiFi devices.

“Kining mga nakuha nga drogas lakip sa ubang gamit og mga kontrabando gapakita sa atong ka seryoso pagpuhag sa tanang binuang diha sa sulod (The confiscation of these drugs and other contraband shows how serious we are about stopping these shenanigans in prison),” the governor said in a text message.

Cebu City Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella ordered the warden of the Cebu City Jail to explain why the contraband was in the facility.

At 1 a.m. yesterday, a total of 307 officers from the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) and Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) 7 joined by 20 BJMP personnel, 35 PDEA agents and the Coast Guard, who brought 3 trained dogs with them, arrived in full battle gear.

The 3,089 inmates of the City Jail were ordered to take off their clothes for clearing operations. During the inspection, authorities found items like laptops, flat-screen TVs, cellular phones, branded shoes, bundles of cash, and five pails full of P5 and P10 coins, all apparently not allowed inside the jail. AJRSP 

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