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Six phones found at Parklea Prison

Issued: Thursday, 15 October 2015

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Attached photos show Parklea Correctional Centre during this morning's raid. Staff are from the prison and from the Security Operations Group of Corrective Services NSW.

This morning's dawn raid at Parklea Correctional Centre has found two mobile phones and a shiv [prison-made weapon].

Today's search is part of an intelligence-driven investigation that has also led to the seizure of four other phones at Parklea, two last week and two yesterday morning.

One of the phones seized yesterday has been confirmed as having been used to access  Instagram. The inmate who owned that phone has been moved to Supermax.

Specialist officers from Corrective Services NSW and local staff conducted the dawn raid at Parklea Correctional Centre. Twenty-four officers and K-9s from the Security Operations Group took part in the operation.

"Mobile phones are a challenge for all prison systems these days," said Assistant Commissioner (Security & Intelligence) Mark Wilson. "The full penalty of the law will apply to any inmate found with a phone."

Prisoners found with a mobile phone face up to two years extra prison and are immediately dismissed from employment and regressed to maximum security, pending a review of their classification.

CSNSW is investigating allegations made by an inmate on Instagram about the smuggling of contraband into the prison, which is operated by the GEO Group.