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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, January 27, 2018
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Inmates deny being
shabu trade source

Inmates at the Negros Oriental Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Dumaguete City who are being alluded to as the sources of illegal drugs confiscated from a suspect in a buy-bust operation yesterday, vehemently denied claims they were directing the illegal drug operations outside.

This was after provincial warden Franklin Culanag conducted a discreet investigation to check on the reports, but it turned out negative.

He said surprise Greyhound inspections are being conducted now and then to make sure that contraband items are prevented from coming into the facility.

He said their main task is to make sure that detainees are safe and will not bolt from jail. He also said he does not discount the possibility of individuals or groups who want to discredit the administration and blame them for inaction.

However, he said he is taking the report seriously by implementing preventive measures and strengthening the security of the jail.

Earlier, Merli Jane Jacoba, 24, who was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Agency-Special Operations Group in a buy-bust operation, claimed she was merely instructed through text messages by her boyfriend inside the jail to receive the drugs from a certain “Dodie” and that somebody will text her to claim the drugs and will leave the money to be deposited in the bank.

She added that her contact inside the jail are her boyfriend, identified only as “Raffy”, and a certain “Berteng”.

Jacoba said the system of handing the drugs from one person to another until it reaches the consumer had been going on in the past days and she is paid P1,000 for every “bulto,” or pack of shabu that she is able to deliver.

When confronted in their cell, both “Raffy” and “Berteng” denied her claims.*JG



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