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Women drug smugglers charged after weekend operations

Issued: 25 November 2013​
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Visitors to NSW correctional centres are being warned after five women were charged with trying to smuggle drugs to inmates at the weekend.

Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) Security Operations Group officers and CSNSW drug detection dogs uncovered smuggling attempts at Long Bay and Silverwater Correctional Complexes and Cessnock and Bathurst Correctional Centres.

On Sunday, a 38-year-old woman visiting Bathurst Correctional Centre was allegedly discovered concealing a balloon believed to contain illicit drugs under her tongue. CSNSW contacted police, who attended the centre and issued her with a court attendance notice.

On Saturday, CSNSW uncovered four other cases of attempted smuggling, including:

  • a 29-year-old female visitor charged after allegedly bringing foil-wrapped cannabis into Cessnock Correctional Centre
  • a 34-year-old female visitor charged after passing a small plastic-wrapped parcel believed to contain illicit drugs to a male inmate in a visits area at Long Bay Correctional Complex
  • a 45-year-old female visitor charged after allegedly bringing the drug 'ice' and drug smoking implements in her handbag into Long Bay Correctional Complex
  • a 30-year-old woman charged after being caught allegedly throwing a package containing a small amount of cannabis over a fence into Silverwater Correctional Complex.

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the ongoing crackdown on contraband smuggling into the state’s prisons meant a high likelihood of being caught.

"With about 100 visitor search operations taking place at centres across NSW every month, there’s an exceptionally high risk of getting caught and charged, and being banned from further prison visits," said Mr Severin.

"Visitors including women are running a dire risk for the sake of inmates, either because they are being pressured into it or because they have a misconception they are helping an inmate.

"In fact, their actions threaten the safety and security of our centres, staff and inmates - that’s why we'll continue to show absolutely no tolerance."