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Search At David Prison Turns Up Piles Of Contraband - And No One Is Surprised At All...

CorruptionStarting at 5:30 am this morning, Tuesday, 30 October 2012, and for more than four hours, a search was conducted in the public jail of David. During the search authorities seized 76 packages of marijuana, 46 cell phones, 17 chips for cell phones, 32 makeshift knives, 5 knives, 29 ammunition magazines, 38 sharp or pointed objects, pliers, various scissors, a hammer, and two tanks of fermented "chicha" prepared by the inmates themselves.

The search was conducted by the National Police, the office of the Anti Drug prosecutor, and the staff of the prison in Chiriquí. During the operation the Deputy Director of the Prison System was present, Commissioner Javier Castillo, who made ​​it clear that this search of the prison in David is a routine action, and similar actions will be taking place in the other prisons in the country, on the occasion of the end of year holidays.

The search was conducted in the 40 cells that exist in the David prison, in the pavilions known as "la preventiva" and "la Mata." (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Having "contraband" in a prison in Panama is one of the biggest inside jokes going. The prison guards themselves, National Police officers, and the defense lawyers are the ones who smuggle all of the contraband into the prisoners. I'm sure there are prisoners in La Joya right now who are reading this article on their cell phones, that have Internet and data connections. You can get whatever you want in a Panamanian prison as long as you're willing to pay for it. Literally - anything - up to and including Colombian prostitutes.

The prison officials have to conduct these search and seizure operations on a regular basis. They do so not because they want to keep the knives and the cell phones and the drugs out of the hands of the prisoners. Rather, they have to remove the items that have already been successfully smuggled in order to create more "demand" for smuggled items. If you already have a knife in prison, you're not willing to pay $20 or $40 to have another one smuggled in for you. If you already have a phone, you don't need another phone. What's more, as soon as they have one of these raids, after the stupid news media has sucked up the story and blindly produced the desired headline without another thought, the same prison officials then turn right back around and "re-sell" the confiscated items back to the prisoners. It's all about the money. Consider this - when is the last time any police officer or prison guard was arrested and fired for smuggling contraband to a prisoner? An$wer = never.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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Search At David Prison Turns Up Piles Of Contraband - And No One Is Surprised At All...
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, October 30 2012 @ 01:34 pm EDT

Do these guys know they are renting instead of buying? How many times do they have to have stuff taken away to learn they are not actually purchasing these items?

Search At David Prison Turns Up Piles Of Contraband - And No One Is Surprised At All...
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, November 04 2012 @ 01:19 pm EST

Institute flogging and watch this problem disappear. Those with long sentences have nothing to lose.