MASBATE CITY, Feb. 26 (PNA) -- The Philippine National Police chief in Masbate has asked his men to inspect the personal belongings of the detainees in their custody before turning them over to their court of origin.
Police Supt. Carl Michael Car Reyes, made the reminder after one of his men discovered methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu in one of the detained prisoners in the Mandaon Municipal Police Office.
Police Senior Insp. Nicolas Lomotos Malipot Jr, the MMPO chief, reported that a certain detainee named Eugene S. Calizo, 21, single and a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Mandaon, was found to have in his possession a plastic sachet with shabu, two empty transparent plastic sachets of same size with one containing crystallized objects and two pieces rolled aluminum foil.
Malipot said that in the morning of Feb. 23, suspect Calizo, who was facing a criminal charge for rape at the Regional Trial Court Branch 48 and co-inmate Rodolfo F. Red, with another criminal charge at RTC Branch 47, were about to be committed to their court of origin.
Knowing that they will be turned over to a correctional jail, Calizo contacted his family to bring him his personal belongings.
At about 3:00 p.m. same day, prior to their transfer from the Mandaon police custody to the Masbate Provincial Jail, PO1 Caesar Neptali A. Oliva, MMPO duty jailer, was ordered to inspect the inmates' belongings as part of the Police Operational Procedure.
Oliva then discovered inside the wallet of Calizo a small sachet of crystallized object and the other materials.
Visitors are allowed to bring in food and belongings and chances are, they can sneak in shabu, the police theorized.
Oliva immediately turned over the paraphernalia he found to the duty Investigator, PO3 Benjie P. Veruela.
The evidence will be subjected to examination at the Provincial Crime Laboratory in Masbate.
Calizo and Francisco have been turned over to the provincial jail by Oliva and are now subject to another case for violation of Section 11 of RA 9165 if the pieces of evidence are found positive as illegal drug components.