Surprise drug tests were conducted on all personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Barangay Bajumpandan, Dumaguete City, after the conduct of a Greyhound operation where shabu, cash and illegal drugs paraphernalia were recovered recently.
Jail warden, Chief Insp. Pricel Arevalo, led his personnel in undergoing the drug tests, except for one who is on maternity leave and a male jail guard.
He said the jail personnel were told to report for the conduct of the Greyhound inspection, and after the inventory of the recovered contraband in the jail premises was finished, the team from the Scene of the Crime Operatives arrived to do a urine sampling.
Arevalo also directed the search team composed of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the City Drug Enforcement Unit to also rummage around the barracks of the jail guards to erase doubts of alleged connivance with the inmates, as reason for the entry of drugs in the facility.
The search yielded negative results. Forty-one jail guards, including nine detainees, who are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, underwent the drug test.
Meanwhile, 10 convicts from Dumaguete will be transferred to the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa later this month, and Arevalo will shoulder the expenses for reimbursement when the BJMP funds arrive.
The second shipment of another 10 convicted inmates will be held next month.*
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