Cebu inmate caught trying to bring shabu to jail

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CEBU -- Two small packs of shabu were confiscated from a Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) inmate after he attended a court hearing in Argao last Tuesday.

These were hidden in a plastic bag that also held six pieces of torta, an Argao delicacy.

Inmate Norlynn Suico, 40, was moved to an isolation cell after the packs of shabu were found inside his plastic bag, said Capitol consultant on jail matters Marco Toral.


Suico, who hails from Argao, was charged in 2011 with the possession and sale of illegal drugs, a violation of Sections 11 and 5, Article 2, of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

About 30 inmates with six jail guards left the CPDRC at 6 a.m. last Tuesday to attend court hearings in Argao, Toral said.


Usually, after the hearings, family members of the inmates join them for lunch.

Suico’s mother came to see him and they had lunch after his hearing at the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 26.

Right after, Toral said, Suico’s mother gave him several plastic bags with a variety of food. He could not recall how many plastic bags of food were given, but that each plastic bag was labeled with the inmates’ names.

These were inspected when they arrived back in the provincial jail later that afternoon.

Toral explained that an inspection at the entrance gate is part of the routine after jail guards and inmates arrive back from a court hearing.

The two small packs of shabu were found in a plastic bag, which Suico held and which contained six pieces of torta.

Right after the inspection, Toral said, Suico was immediately placed in an isolation cell, where he may have to stay until the investigation is completed.

Toral said the jail guards who escorted the inmates last Tuesday will also be part of the investigation.

Both packs were sent to the PNP Crime Laboratory 7 inside the Cebu City Police Office compound along Gorordo Ave., Cebu City for tests.

If the contents are confirmed to be illegal drugs, Suico will be charged with another violation of RA 9165, for transporting illegal drugs into jail, said Toral.

CPDRC is waiting for the results from the PNP Crime Lab before officials can file the case.

In a separate interview, the prisoners’ leader or mayor de mayores, Lito Granada, said that inmates who are found carrying drugs have to be punished. One form of punishment is the “takal”, in which the inmate is hit using a paddle.


Meanwhile, a level two drug pusher also detained in the CPDRC withdrew her statement that she got the illegal drugs she sold from an inmate.

Jocelyn Correa was arrested together with her helper by the Liloan Police Station last month. She then claimed she got the illegal drugs from her brother Allan Pilapil, a CPDRC inmate.

Allan later said it was Gino Pilapil, a distant relative detained in cell 115, who supplied him with the drugs.

Correa, however, submitted an affidavit to CPDRC officials, where she retracted her allegations.

“Kadtong tanan nga akong nasulti sa media, usa kadto ka dakong bakak (Everything I said to the media was a lie),” Correa said in her affidavit.

She said she made the allegations because she was angry with Gino, who had a misunderstanding with her brother, Allan.

She asked for forgiveness from Gino, CPDRC officials and the governor.

CPDRC Warden Romeo Manansala earlier submitted a request to Gov. Hilario Davide III for the transfer of five jail guards who were believed to have been possibly involved in the distribution of illegal drugs in prison. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 14, 2014.

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