Surprise raid at Davao City jail yields no illegal drugs and firearms, only banned personal effects

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  • Surprise raid on Davao City’s BJMP done on Wednesday morning
  • No illegal drugs, drug-making paraphernia and firearms were discovered
  • Banned items such as cigarettes, electrical wires, and DVD players were found and confiscated

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Still not as bad as Bilibid though.

On Wednesday, agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Davao led by its director Jail Senior Supt. Lyndon Torres swooped on the BJMP facility in Brgy. Ma-a to confirm reports about the alleged proliferation of prohibited drugs inside the facility.

Although there were neither drugs nor firearms found in the raid, banned items which included cigarettes, electrical wires, DVD players, DVDs, and pointed objects such shavers, ballpens and toothbrushes were found and confiscated.

According to PDEA Davao Director Adzhar Albani, ‘Operation Greyhound’ was the result of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by both agencies in the Davao region.

“Operation Greyhound will not be just implemented here in the city but also in the other areas,” he told Sun Star.

Albani vows to continue the surprise raids in light of the reports about the increasing proliferation of illegal drugs inside detention facilities.

“The drug pushers are jailed for them to be reformed,” he said. “But how can they be reformed if they are still involved in illegal drug activities?”

He added inmates cannot conduct illegal activities in their areas since they are strict with their inspections.

On the same day the raid was conducted in Davao, authorities also conducted a surprise inspection inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and discovered a rooftop mini-pool which was reported to belong to convicted kidnapper Garry Sepeno.

Seized in the raid were appliances including washing machines, TVs, refrigerators and Wi-Fi gadgets.

Authorities also discovered drug paraphernalia and confiscated two pistols from inmates.