Central Visayas authorities seized P4.5 million in cash, sachets of shabu, and other illegal items in separate raids on two structures inside two jail facilities in Cebu City before dawn Saturday.
A report on dzBB Super Radyo said the "Oplan Galugad" raids were conducted simultaneously at the Cebu City Jail and the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Central Visayas (Region 7) director Yogi Filemon Ruiz told dzBB that the raids were launched by a joint team from the PNP, PDEA and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
"Mahigit P4 million ang cash at mga kalahating kilo ng shabu ang nakuha sa raids," Ruiz said, adding that, "nakabenta pa sila bago ang raid (the cash was the proceeds from the sale they made before the raid.)"
An earlier report by GMA News' Jun Veneracion said that the raid stemmed from a tip from a police informant that the two jail facilities have been turned into a drug den.
Chief Supt. Noli Taliño, Region 7 Police Office director, was quoted as saying that P4.5 million in cash and other items were confescated in the raids.
Veneracion was also quoted as saying that all the inmates were ordered to strip naked during the operation.
But Ruiz clarified that the inmates were asked to push their shirts up and their pants down to ensure the safety of the operatives and make the raid "transparent."
"Pinataas lang naming ang mga T-shirt nila at pinababa ang shorts para na rin sa proteksyon ng mga awtoridad at para wala ring masabing pinaplantahan namin sila ng ebidensya," Ruiz said.
According to Ruiz, there are some 3,000 inmates in the two jails.
Also he said the raid was the first anti-drug operation conducted by regional authorities in the facilities.
The 1 a.m. simultaneous raids also yielded sachets of shabu, flat-screen TV units and pairs of expensive shoes.
Moreover, Ruiz said they are still making an inventory of the contraband seized during the raid.
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