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BI leads joint raid of warden facility, prohibited items seized

Warden facility raid

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) initiated a raid of joint teams in its warden facility located inside Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig which yielded prohibited items that include gadgets, among others.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said that no less than 49 operatives from its intelligence division (ID), assisted by 84 policemen and SWAT personnel from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) conducted the joint, surprise massive raid at 2:30 in the morning on Tuesday.

“We sent a letter to the NCRPO the other day requesting their assistance in the massive raid that we are conducting. We are thankful that they extended their assistance and support to our efforts,” Tansingco said.

The three-hour inspection yielded illegal sharp objects, construction tools, cigarettes, cellular phones, laptops, modems and undeclared money and all the confiscated items were sealed and safekept by the BI’s intelligence division headed by Jun Manahan.

Prior to the raid, Tansingco said he received reports of illegal and undeclared objects inside the facility.

“We also conducted a spot drug test on all BIWF employees on duty. All yielded negative results. We will not tolerate any misdemeanor in any office of the BI,” said Tansingco.

“May this serve as a warning to those who may attempt to smuggle illegal contraband inside the facility. We will be conducting numerous surprise inspections, and those who will be caught will be held liable,” he added.

Some of the items seized during the raid at the BI jail facility. (JERRY S. TAN)

In October last year, BIWF personnel intercepted two separate attempts to smuggle methamphetamine or shabu inside kimchi containers. Tansingco has a standing order for the strict implementation of the prohibition to use gadgets of fugitives from justice.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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