​Corrective Services NSW officers foil smuggling attempt

Publication date: Sunday, 11 February 2018

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CORRECTIVE SERVICES NSW officers last night foiled an attempt by two people to smuggle three large packages of contraband into Goulburn Correctional Complex.

A man and a woman were arrested and now face criminal charges following the bust at the centre about 11.45pm on Saturday 10 February.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott praised the work of the Security Operations Group and Goulburn officers, who were assisted by NSW Police.

“This was outstanding work by a crack team of officers and their K9s, who have prevented three mobile phones, 30 pouches of tobacco, drugs and other contraband from entering the prison system,” Mr Elliott said.

“This should also be a reminder to anyone attempting to bring contraband into our prisons – we are watching and you will be caught.”

The three officers were conducting intelligence-based surveillance at the centre late on Saturday when they spotted a suspicious vehicle and a man climbing over a fence near the industries section of the prison.

The officers challenged the man, who allegedly attempted to flee before being arrested. The man’s backpack allegedly contained a large parcel of contraband. A search of a nearby building located a further two parcels of contraband. The female driver of the vehicle was arrested a short time later.

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin congratulated officers for their professional and proactive work.

“This is a fine example of the excellent surveillance work our Security and Intelligence teams undertake each day,” Mr Severin said.

“Our SOG and Goulburn officers on the ground have used this intelligence to swiftly and precisely narrow in on the suspects and prevent this contraband from getting into our centre. I’m very proud of the work of all involved, who have maintained the security and safety of Goulburn.”

The contraband seized includes:

  • Three mobile phones;
  • 30 x 50g pouches of tobacco;
  • 357 steroid tablets;
  • 3.73g of ‘green vegetable matter’;
  • 10 valium tablets;
  • Two balloons of white powder and one balloon of orange powder;
  • Three SIM cards;
  • Six cigarette lighters; and
  • Two USB sticks.