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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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‘Jail link to drugs isolated’
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

 

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday that the alleged jail link of the arrested suspect with P6.8 million worth of suspected shabu at South Capitol Road, beside the Provincial Capitol Lagoon Park in Bacolod has to be probed.

Drug suspect Ronaldo Roquero, alias “Dacoycoy,” confessed to the police that his drug transactions have been with two persons deprived of liberty (PDL), one of whom is at the Negros Occidental District Jail, Lt. Thurslie Castillo, team leader of the Negros Regional Drug Enforcement Unit, said, Friday.

Asked for his reaction, Lacson said that even in Muntinlupa, that has always been an issue and that, although, these drug lords have been apprehended and are now in jail, they continue to do their business.

“They’ll have to pursue an investigation and find out,” Lacson said, adding, “I think that has to be verified if that’s true.”

He said he does not think that there is a factory or shabu laboratory inside the jail premises, but directions are probably coming from there.

That is why, he said, cellular phones and any communication lines are not allowed in the jail facility.

NODJ warden Chief Insp. Norberto Miciano Jr. said yesterday that they welcome any investigation, as they themselves have already done it after getting the information, Friday.

“That is welcome to us so that we may know what steps we could further do to help in the fight against illegal drugs,” Miciano said.

The NODJ is conducting unit investigation and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-6 regional office will also conduct a probe, he said.

Miciano also acknowledged the importance of a separate investigation for transparency.

After Roquero had identified Alain Gamboa, who is a PDL at NODJ, as the one from whom he was allegedly taking directives, Miciano said they conducted a greyhound operation and Gamboa was subjected to drug testing, but both yielded negative results.

He said Gamboa was also isolated and all his privileges were cancelled.

Gamboa, who was the former number 1 drug personality of Silay City in Negros Occidental, had surrendered to the authorities at the height of the Oplan Tokhang but was later arrested during a buy-bust operation in 2016.*

 

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