2016, August 29
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in this city is drug-free. J/Chief Insp. Herminigildo Rivera made this announcement after the mandatory drug testing result was released. The Ilocos Norte police crime laboratory team conducted the drug testing. Mr. Rivera said he and his 15 personnel tested negative. The testing was done through urine samples. He explained that if any detainee turns out a positive test, this will be investigated and a confirmatory test will also be conducted. If it is jail personnel, however, the result will be forwarded to the BJMP regional national headquarters for sanctions. He also disclosed that they have also conducted a random search in jail cells holding detainees facing drug charges. He added that this is to ascertain whether illegal drugs are entering the city jail.