Philippine authorities net 10 bags of contraband from Manila jail

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Members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology searching cells during an inspection at the Manila City Jail. The inspection, which also included members from the Manila Police District, was conducted as part of an operation to reduce illegal contraband in city jails around the country. The jail was built to house 1,000 prisoners but is bursting at the seams with more than 5,000 - 80 per cent of new arrivals being drug users swept up under President Rodrigo Duterte's zero-tolerance policy towards drugs. Officers confiscated 10 bags of banned items during the raid early yesterday morning. They included improvised tooters, bladed weapons, weapons created from utensils, power tools, extension cords, and mobile phones, as well as drug paraphernalia.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2018, with the headline 'Philippine authorities net 10 bags of contraband from Manila jail'. Print Edition | Subscribe