Issued: 25 November 2013[PDF, 35kb]
Visitors to NSW correctional centres are being warned after five women were charged with trying to smuggle drugs to inmates at the weekend.
Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) Security Operations Group officers and CSNSW drug detection dogs uncovered smuggling attempts at Long Bay and Silverwater Correctional Complexes and Cessnock and Bathurst Correctional Centres.
On Sunday, a 38-year-old woman visiting Bathurst Correctional Centre was allegedly discovered concealing a balloon believed to contain illicit drugs under her tongue. CSNSW contacted police, who attended the centre and issued her with a court attendance notice.
On Saturday, CSNSW uncovered four other cases of attempted smuggling, including:
Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the ongoing crackdown on contraband smuggling into the state’s prisons meant a high likelihood of being caught.
"With about 100 visitor search operations taking place at centres across NSW every month, there’s an exceptionally high risk of getting caught and charged, and being banned from further prison visits," said Mr Severin.
"Visitors including women are running a dire risk for the sake of inmates, either because they are being pressured into it or because they have a misconception they are helping an inmate.
"In fact, their actions threaten the safety and security of our centres, staff and inmates - that’s why we'll continue to show absolutely no tolerance."