Raid in North Cotabato jail yields drugs, weapons

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KIDAPAWAN CITY — Jail officials, in coordination with the North Cotabato Police Provincial Office (NCCPO), unearthed illegal drugs and deadly weapons during a surprise raid Wednesday at the provincial district jail facility situated at the capitol grounds here.

P/Supt. Bernard Tayong, NCCPO spokesman, said the 10:00 a.m. raid dubbed “Operation Greyhound” was conducted following reports that illegal shabu substance and other contraband were clandestinely slipped into the facility over the past few months.

As a result, the raiding team recovered 13 shabu sachets and numerous deadly weapons from prison cells 1 and 3 of the facility.

“The reports are now confirmed not mere hearsays based on evidence recovered from the inmates,” Tayong said.

The provincial district jail housing some 900 inmates is situated about a kilometer away from the Office of the Governor and NCCPO headquarters in the Capitol.

Supt. Erwin Roquillo, provincial jail warden, said the inmates were caught flatfooted when the raiding team, in full-battle gear, stormed inside the compound.

Tensions ran high when police personnel beat a certain alias “Yamuta”, an inmate, but later appeased as the operation continued.

Roquillo said an investigation is underway to determine the people behind the shabu operation at the prison facility despite a strict security protocol.

Last year, six jail personnel were relieved and probed due to alleged involvement in illegal drug operations inside the provincial jail. (PNA)

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