21 inmates test positive for illegal drugs

TWENTY-ONE inmates tested positive for illegal drugs when the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 12 conducted a random drug testing at the South Cotabato Rehabilitation and Detention Center (SCRDC) recently.

SCRDC Acting Provincial Jail Warden Lorey Celeste said the inmates who tested positive were moved to a single cell in order to monitor their conditions together with the two other persons deprived of liberty (PDL) who tested positive for drugs last year despite being in detention.

“We are investigating the inmates who are now being kept safe at cell number 14 where they have been strictly monitored,” Celeste said.

The warden said the “Operation Greyhound” at the jail facility also resulted in the confiscation of 58 improvised knives, 28 touch screen cellphones and 11 improvised ice picks.

Operation Greyhound was initiated on Dec. 29, 2021 after jail guards on duty foiled several attempts to smuggle illegal drugs inside the jail facility.

Celeste said roving guards found compound illegal drugs that were put inside a lady’s wallet heavily wrapped with packaging tape and thrown over the high perimeter fence from the outside.

On Christmas Day, jail guards also intercepted eight jumbo packs of suspected shabu thrown from outside the jail premises.

PDEA-12 Regional Director Naravy Duquiatan on Friday said PDEA is currently investigating reports that some of the jail personnel, not only in SCRDC but also in Sarangani and General Santos City, are conniving with inmates to smuggle drugs and other illegal items inside the jail facility.