MORE than 30 high-profile inmates of the Cebu City Jail are being monitored on suspicions that they still engage in drug trafficking by contacting their dealers.
These inmates are now placed in isolation cells, and they are not allowed to mingle with other persons deprived of liberty, Cebu City Jail Warden Julius Arro said in a press conference on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.
Cebu City Police Office Director Josefino Ligan said they are monitoring several drug groups, and the leaders of these groups are already jailed.
According to Arro, the collaborative investigations conducted by different law enforcement units and the city jail showed that some of the arrested pushers had received instructions from inmates.
The recent drug bust in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City that led to the arrest of two pushers and seizure of six kilos of shabu revealed that the person who had given instructions to the suspects was an inmate, who goes by the alias Jao.
Jao’s real name was later identified as Jesus Singson, whose case is murder.
Arro said they interviewed Singson, and the inmate denied he was involved in the illegal drug trade.
Before his appointment as jail warden, Arro said the Cebu City Jail had been dealing with several problems, including the one on inmates sneaking contraband and prohibited devices such as cell phones and laptops inside the facility in Barangay Kalunasan.
Last year, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 7 launched a surprise search for contraband inside the jail facility. The operation eventually netted thousands of cell phones from inmates.
The conduct of searches, dubbed as Operation Greyhound, has been stopped this year because of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
Despite tightening the jail facility’s security measures, Arro said several inmates still managed to sneak in contraband, leading him to believe that there are BJMP personnel who are still in cahoots with the erring inmates.
The cell phones and other banned devices could also be channeled through courier service and food delivery personnel, Arro said. (AYB / KAL)