Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer yesterday revealed that authorities were able to gather “evidence” showing that an organized crime group used the “machinery” of an inmate detained at the Negros Occidental District Jail (NODJ) in Bago City, in peddling illegal drugs, outside the jail facility.
Ferrer, who met with Col. Romeo Baleros, Negros Occidental provincial police director, representatives of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Bago City Police Station on Monday, said that there were allegations that the ”command center” is located inside the jail.
Authorities are now taking steps to prevent the organized crime group from linking up with their contact inside the NODJ in Bago City, aside from the Operation Greyhound, said Ferrer, who got the go signal from Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson to meet and discuss possible solutions to the problem with concerned authorities.
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 NODJ, Lt. Thurslie Castillo, team leader of the Negros Regional Drug Enforcement Unit, said Friday.
The arrest of Roquero and his two companions yielded about a kilo of suspected shabu, with a market value of P6.8 million, during a recent buy-bust operation in Bacolod City.
Ferrer also clarified that the supply of shabu did not come from the jail, and also ruled out an inquiry by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, to avoid too much exposure.
The vice governor said he also suggested to the BJMP leadership to look into their organic members, to prevent possible connivance either between the guards, prison mayors and the alleged contact person of the drug syndicate inside the jail.
Ferrer also said that it is not likely that they can put up a signal jammer inside the jail facility, that houses about 500 PDLs, as the equipment is very expensive.
But he stressed the need for a close monitoring of the suspected contact of the organized crime group inside the jail facility, with the cooperation of BJMP personnel.
Newly-installed NODJ warden Chief Insp. Norberto Miciano said earlier that an investigation is ongoing, in response to the allegations.*
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