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​Drug seizures a warning to prison visitors

Issued: 18 March 2013
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Drugs were seized and 66 visitors searched during a weekend operation that prevented contraband entering Tamworth Correctional Centre.

Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) deployed a drug detection K9 team to search visitors arriving at the centre at the weekend as part of regular, proactive security checks.

As a result, CSNSW officers allegedly discovered a small amount of capsules carried by one female visitor on Saturday and a small amount of cannabis possessed by another female visitor on Sunday.

Police were notified on both occasions and attended the centre.

The women were among 66 people and about 20 vehicles searched during the operation, aimed at ensuring any contraband was detected and seized before it entered the prison environment.

"These are regular security operations that occur at Correctional Centres across NSW," said Tamworth Correctional Centre Manager of Security Michael Page.

"These search operations demonstrate to visitors the consequences of trying to smuggle any contraband into NSW prisons.

"Your chances of getting caught are exceptionally high. The contraband will be seized, police will be called, you’ll be charged and you’ll also lose your visiting privileges."