Kidapawan City police raided the North Cotabato provincial jail on Tuesday and found 13 plastic bags containing shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in at least three cells where suspects facing illegal drug cases are detained.
North Cotabato police spokesman, Supt. Bernard Tayong, said the raid was conducted because of reports that “the use and sale of illegal drugs are rampant inside” the rehabilitation center.
Also seized in the surprise operation were several drug paraphernalia and deadly weapons.
JTayong said they will conduct deeper investigations to track down individuals involved in illegal activities inside the highly-secured government facility and file charges against those whose cells yielded drugs.
Sources, including a retired government security official, said illegal drug activities are not the only problem inside the prison but also sexual abuses of female inmates.
At least six jail guards assigned at the facility were placed under investigation and reassigned after a similar raid last year also yielded illegal drugs.
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) rehabilitation facility, situated about a kilometer away from the Office of the Governor and the provincial police headquarters within the capitol ground in Barangay Amas, Kidapawan City houses about 900 inmates.
Meanwhile, a policeman assigned in Sulu was killed during a drug bust in Digos City, Davao del Sur also on Tuesday.
Reports said Police Office (PO)1 Alfadzri Malli Idris was slain during a shootout with undercover authorities in the village of San Miguel. He allegedly engaged the policemen who were to arrest him after selling shabu to a poseur-buyer.
Recovered from Idris were18 packets of the illegal drugs, including his service firearm – a .38-caliber revolver and a .380 pistol and his identification card.
Police were still checking on the status of Idris on the police data. He initially passed himself off to the agents as a native of Zamboanga City.
There was no immediate statement from the provincial or regional police force on the killing of Idris.
WITH AL JACINTO