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Contraband seized in QC Jail

In this Sept. 5, 2016 photo, inmates at the Quezon City jail seek refuge in the shade during a hot afternoon. Over 2,000 inmates were detained in September last year at the congested jail which ideally could only accommodate 800. / Efigenio Toledo IV, File

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City police on Wednesday morning confiscated various contraband items inside the Quezon City jail.

The authorities conducted “Oplan Greyhound” in five dormitories of the Quezon City jail, said to be housing around 1,500 inmates.

"Sa ngayon, ang mga nakuha lang namin mga cigarettes at mga improvised water heater at electrical “wires na ginagamit nila para makagawa nito at mga improvised knife na ginagamit nilang panghiwa sa loob ng pakain,” QC Jail Warden Superintendent Ermilito Moral said in a radio interview with dzMM.

Moral clarified that no drug paraphernalia was confiscated although some of the items confiscated need further examination.

“‘Yung sinsabi nilang drug paraphernalia, isa-submit pa namin sa labroatory kung positive sa droga,” he said.

The jail warden said contrabands sequestered will be turned over to the National Capital Region Office for safekeeping and examination.

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 The raid started at 8 a.m. and lasted for at least 45 minutes.

Three inmates reportedly transferred to the five dormitories and were suspected of bringing in contraband, prompting the conduct of the search.

Oplan Greyhound is part of the QC jail’s regular clearing operations to ensure safety of inmates within the dormitories. — Rosette Adel

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