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​Six charged in Goulburn prison contraband blitz

Published date: Monday, 10th December 2018

A 43-year-old woman will face court after she was allegedly caught yesterday in the carpark of Goulburn Correctional Complex with 3.8g of heroin hidden inside a balloon in her mouth.

The woman was among six people charged with contraband offences during a prison-visitor search operation led by the Corrective Services NSW Security Operations Group in conjunction with NSW Police.

Assistant Commissioner for Security and Intelligence Mark Wilson PSM said that while some drugs were allegedly discovered on visitors, it is also an offence for visitors to have banned items in their cars when attending the complex.

“Anyone visiting a correctional centre needs to be aware that officers and K9s are out in force conducting contraband screenings and this includes searches of any property brought on site,” Mr Wilson said.

“We make sure no stone is left unturned. Everything on CSNSW property — whether it be a handbag, pram or car — is carefully inspected for contraband.

“Visitors to prisons should also use some common sense and ensure that they’re not driving onto one of our sites with any knives, tobacco or syringes in their vehicles, because this is all considered contraband in the custodial setting.”

During the operations, officers assisted by contraband detection-dogs found items including:

  • One balloon containing 3.8g of heroin
  • 10 balloons containing 41g of tobacco
  • Two balloons containing 3.2g of buprenorphine
  • One balloon containing 1.78g of white powder
  • 1.2g of ‘green vegetable matter’ most likely cannabis
  • Two knives
  • Four syringes
  • One tourniquet (drug paraphernalia)
Almost all of the contraband was allegedly discovered in visitor cars.

Visitors caught bringing banned items, including illegal and prescription drugs, to correctional centres face penalties of up to two years' imprisonment.