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Shabu, ecstasy seized in NBP raid

Operatives of the Philippine National Police’s National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) raided Thursday afternoon the medium security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa and seized more drugs and other contraband.

The clearing operations, supervised by the Bureau of Corrections and the NCRPO, targeted dormitories at the medium prison facility, which houses 6,646 inmates and manned only by more than 100 prison guards.

Items seized included five sachets of suspected shabu weighing 5 grams each and with a total street value of P60,000 or P12,000 per sachet.

BuCor Director officer-in-charge Rolando Asuncion said the drug is being sold inside the penitentiary for P9,000 per sachet.

The suspected drugs were seized from prisoners Walter Edd Baccay, Valeriano Amestuso, Raymond Bongabong, Marlon Abata, and Ramon Mutuc Jr., according to BuCor.

BuCor and the PNP confirmed the presence of shabu in the facility before the raid was conducted.

“Before we conducted ‘Galugad,’ we conducted a ‘test buy,’” Asuncion said.

The raid started at 3 p.m. and ended at around 6:30 in the evening.

Top NCRPO officials joined Asuncion in inspecting the contraband including NCRPO acting regional director Police Chief Supt. Oscar David Albayalde and Northern Police District Director Police Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo.

Also confiscated during the raid were ecstasy tablets, cell phones, chargers, cash, DVD players, a wooden paddle, knives, baton, bladed weapons, hammer, mini saw, videoke machine and appliances such as electric fans, DVD players, TVs, air cooler, speakers, rice cooker and blender. (Jonathan M. Hicap)