Iphone among over 200 cellphones recovered from prisoners
THE Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) turned out to be a treasure trove for cellular phones, including such high-end brand like an Iphone.
This wide array of banned mobile communication items were found when inmates voluntarily turned over 184 cellphones to jail officials after some 50 other cellphones and gadgets were confiscated on Thursday inside the jail during a surprise inspection by elements from the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) of Cebu Provincial Police Office (CCPO) now helping secure the jail.
CPDRC assistant jail warden Bobby Legaspi said they conducted a surprise inspection around 3 p.m. last Thursday where they able to find and confiscated different gadgets like touch screen phones, Iphone, a DVD player, pocket wifi and even make-shift bladed weapons.
Legaspi said he immediately warned Lito Granada, the inmates “mayor” or leader, that their visitation privileges could be suspended indefinitely.
“So we gave them until 5 p.m. We actually told him if he can talk to all the inmates and (for them to) voluntarily surrender all the contraband by 5 p.m. and (Gov. Hilario Davide III) will decide on either we will continue the dalaw (visitation) or we actually suspend. So they agreed to surrender their existing (gadgets) inside,” Legaspi said.
According to Legaspi, they would not know who owned the Iphone because if was one of the surrendered items.
The portable DVD player was also a surrendered item, thus the owner was not identified.
PPSC team leader Senior Insp. Zosimo Jabas Jr. said the more than 200 cellphones that were seized or surrendered had been inside the jail before the PPSC were assigned at the CPDRC last Monday.
“Since we took our post (here) sa CPDRC, we have been very strict. We are sure no contraband has been able to get inside the jail since we took our post, he said.
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