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BJMP, PDEA, Pasay, Pasig jails ‘Greyhound’ ops yield no drugs

  • Written by Jeffrey C. Tiangco With Arlene Rivera
  • Published in Metro
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JOINT operatives of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Drug Enforcement
Agency (PDEA) and the Pasay City police conducted “Oplan Greyhound” operation at the 4-storey Pasay
City Jail yesterday as part of the campaign to rid jail facilities of contraband.

Pasay City Jail Warden Chief Insp. Glenn Ford Valdepenas said the operation, which started at 5
a.m., lasted for more than four hours. He said the raiding team was also with four K-9 dogs.
    
Valdepenas said the operation led to the confiscation of 17 ballpens, four shavers, three nail
cutters, three toothbrush, two nails, two lighters, one electric fan, and improvised rope.
    
He added that the raiding team failed to find illegal drugs such as marijuana and shabu as well
as cigarettes, a prohibited item inside the jail.
    
Valdepenas said the raiding team started the “Greyhound operation” at the 4th floor going down,
searching every bed of the inmates and every corner of the jail facilities while the 1,128 inmates were
frisked and bodily searched.

“Ito pong mga nakum-piskang ballpen, toothbrush at mga pang-ahit ay puwedeng gawin matalas na
makakasakit kaya’t ito po kahit na personal nilang gamit ay kinakailangan din po itong kumpiskahin sa
kanila,” Valdepenas said.
    
Senior Insp. Orlando Alincante Jr., Pasay City Jail assistant warden, said the “Oplan
Greyhound” is the first time simultaneous operation in all jails in Metro Manila.
    
He said the operation maybe conducted on a monthly basis to rid jails of contraband.
    
Meanwhile in Pasig City, the BJMP, police and local government unit conducted “Oplan Greyhound”
yesterday at the Pasig City Jail which yielded zero drugs but confiscated some contraband at the
inmates’ dormitory.
    
Pasig City Jail warden Chief Insp. Emmanuel Tolentino said some 130 jail, police and LGU
operatives started at around 5 a.m. to searched 33 dormitories inside the jail facility.
    
Tolentino said Oplan Greyhound was conducted to avert the entry of contraband such as illegal
drugs, firearms and bladed weapons and to prove that there are no illegal drugs inside the jail
facility.
    
Among those recovered were   toothbrush, mirrors, shavers, cards, nail cutters, sharp objects
and scrap metals.
    
To give way to law enforcers who conducted the search procedure, the teams frisked each
detainee as they vacated their prison cells in ‘Gusali ng pagbabago’,  ‘Gusali ng Pagkalinga’ and
‘Gusali ng Pag-Asa’.
    
“All efforts in searching visitors and cells ay ginagawa namin para to make sure na our jail
facility is free from illegal drugs or contrabands,” Tolentino said in an interview.
    
The  Pasig City Jail is also strictly monitoring  inmates for their suspected involvement in
the illegal drug trade inside the facility as they have intensified their intelligence-gathering to
detect and stop illegal activities inside the jail.
    
Since Tolentino assumed post last year, 19 of 40 inmates who underwent random drug tests are
found  positive for illegal drug, prompting him to implement disciplinary action, including  two-week
termination of visitation rights.