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Issued: Thursday 15 September 2016
Corrective Services NSW has launched a top-level security and intelligence investigation after a mobile phone was seized inside the state's most high security prison.
Following intelligence received earlier today, a search operation was undertaken using Special Operations Group officers and a mobile phone detection K9 at the High Risk Management Correctional Centre in Goulburn.
During the search, K9 Ivy detected a 3cm-long mobile phone, which was concealed within the spine of a book in the prison's library.
CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin has since ordered a thorough investigation into how the phone was smuggled into the prison.
"This is absolutely unacceptable and we will be investigating this incident fully using our top Security Operations team from the Security and Intelligence unit," Mr Severin said.
"I praise the K9 Ivy and her handler for finding this contraband, which could have put the safety and good order of the centre at risk."
Minister for Corrections David Elliott said prisons around the world struggle with contraband and praised officers for finding the concealed phone.
"The message is clear: if you smuggle contraband into the prison system then we will find it and you will be punished," Mr Elliott said
Following the find, corrections officers conducted a strip search of all inmates in the unit using the BOSS detection chair and detection pole. Officers also searched all cells and inmate property using an X-ray machine.
A radio with modifications to its internal wiring was also seized during the search.
No further comment will be made while the investigation is ongoing.