Issued: Sunday, 30 August 2015
Corrective Services NSW has increased contraband searches in recent weeks as the state's prisons have gone smoke free.
Yesterday (29 August) a quantity of the drug ice was found in a cell in the Metropolitan Special Programs Centre at Long Bay Correctional Complex. The find was made during a targeted search by the Corrective Services NSW Immediate Action Team based at the complex. There was about 3.1 grams of ice. In addition, 24 steroid tablets were found in the same cell.
"Ice is of particular concern in prisons as in the community, because of the effects it has on the behaviour of those who take it," said Assistant Commissioner, Custodial Corrections Kevin Corcoran. "We will be further intensifying our contraband searches in the coming weeks and are working on special strategies to combat ice getting into the system."
Police have been notified and an internal investigation is underway. It is expected charges will be laid.