Shabu prison smuggle attempt foiled

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Shabu prison smuggle attempt foiled

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A can of beef loaf was used by a regular visitor of the City Jail to sneak in several packs of shabu at the City of Tagbilaran Rehabiliation Center (CTRC) but was foiled by an alert jail guard.

Patrick Paul Visarra, 30 yrs, old was caught red handed by one of the jail guards on duty JO1 Nico Bautista after routine inspection of food supplies intended for Jonaed Cadar, a CTRC detainee accused of engaging in the illegal drug trade.

Bautista grew suspicious after rummaging through the food supplies brought by Visarra when a can of Argentina beef loaf easily crumpled under the weight of packs of noodles and other canned food.

Upon further examination, the 150 gram can of beef loaf was found stuffed with six packs of suspected shabu with an estimated weight of .012 grams with a street value of P6,000.00.

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According to Bautista, the can was cut in half and was sealed to it’s original appearance using household masking tape to tightly secure back the two separated halves of the can before the label was pasted back.

Visarra, a resident of Barangay Taguihon, Baclayon and is reportedly connected with Light Shipping told police investigators that the packs of shabu was ordered delivered to the CTRC upon the persistent requests of a certain Timogen Dorias.

Dorias, who is facing charges of illegal trading and possession of shabu and Cadar are now under investigation by jail authorities to determine the proliferation of illegal drugs among the inmates at the CTRC.

Visarra is now held at the Tagbilaran City Police Station lock up jail pending the filing of charges for violation of section 11 (possession of dangerous drugs) of RA 9165 known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002”.

Possession of dangerous drugs of less than five grams is penalized by imprisonment of twelve (12) years and one (1) day to twenty (20) years and a fine ranging from three hundred thousand pesos (P300,000.00) to four hundred thousand pesos (P400,000.00.) (Chito M. Visarra with reports from Willie Maestrado)

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