Drug smuggling into Dipolog jail rampant PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:39

DIPOLOG CITY – Selling of illegal drugs is taking place even in jails nowadays.

Jail officials here have tightened security measures at the Dipolog City Jail complex in Barangay Dicayas following an attempt to smuggle illegal drugs inside the detention cell Friday, last week.

Jail Officer Michael Chio said that while he was escorting an inmate to the kitchen to get food at around 7:30 p.m., a plastic body spray wrapped in cellophane was thrown into the jail compound. The detainee picked it up gave it to him.

When the jail officer opened it, he discovered 23 pieces of triangular plastic sachets containing white crystalline granules believed to be “shabu,” worth more or less P23,000.

Chio said that before that incident, he heard a motorcycle stop outside the jail compound and immediately sped away.

Presently, the city has a good number of detainees involved in illegal drugs. Some of whom are former government employees, media practitioners and school dropouts.

“This was not the first time that “shabu” was tried to smuggle into the city jail. There were instances that it was placed inside a can of milk mixed with grocery items and inside a roasted chicken, all brought by the visitors of the inmates,” Chio reported.

The jail management is now planning to seek the assistance from the city government in installing dditional Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera at the city jail to monitor the motorists and people passing along the area.

The inventory of confiscated illegal drugs was witnessed by the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency, Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Councilor Danilo Gebone of Barangay Dicayas.