Contraband destroyed

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Close to 19,000 pieces of contraband seized from inmates were destroyed on Tuesday by the regional Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) at its office inside the Davao City Jail in Barangay Ma-a.

A mini road roller flattened various illegal items seized by jail guards from the inmates and visitors at around 10 a.m. inside the jail compound.

Jail Insp. Edo Lobenia, the spokesperson of BJMP XI, said the destruction of the items showed that seized materials are not recycled by jail officials.

Lobenia told TIMES that the disposal of contraband also signified that the BJMP is working hard in enhancing public safety in the region.

The seized items were intercepted during the massive Oplan Greyhound operation conducted since 2017 until the first quarter of this year from the various jail facilities in the region, including Davao City Jail in Ma-a.

Based on the records, they have confiscated a total of 18,846 items that are deemed illegal inside the jail.

The items included 14 firearms, 195 cellular phones, 980 bladed weapons, 8,756 scrap metals and 13 various drug paraphernalia.

A total of 871 packs and 1,974 sticks of cigarettes were also confiscated.

However, no illegal drugs – shabu, marijuana, or other prohibited drugs – were found inside the jail.

They conducted 1,856 Greyhound operations, or surprise shake down inside the jail.
A total of 83,215 strip searches and 28,160 frisk/pat searches were also conducted aside from 219 searches that were conducting following intelligence reports that contraband were about to be delivered or already inside the jail.

More of the contraband items were confiscated from the inmates than the visitors. The items were seized from 6,505 inmates and 1,893 visitors.
With the absence of any illegal drug confiscated inside the jail, Lobenia said they have strict policy against illegal drugs.

“(The) BJMP supports the campaign of the President Rodrigo Duterte in eradicating illegal drugs in the Philippines,” he said. “This is the backyard of the President, (so) we have to double our efforts in cleaning our facilities against illegal drugs.”