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​Goulburn office​rs crack down on contraband

Issued: 5 August 2016

Goulburn Correctional Centre was locked down today as a targeted cell search was undertaken in the minimum security part of the prison outside the secure perimeter, which found contraband concealed behind electrical panels.

Prison officers and Special Operations Group personnel conducted the search after receiving special intelligence that inmates were hiding mobile phones and drugs in screwed-down furniture legs and metal wall panels.

Assistant Commissioner Kevin Corcoran praised the​​​ hard work and efforts of all the officers involved.

"Our officers at Goulbourn have done a terrific job in removing this contraband from their prison," Mr Corcoran said.

"After receiving intelligence that inmates were unscrewing furniture and other cell infrastructure, our officers conducted this targeted search and did not fail."

During the search operation, officers assisted by K9 contraband sniffing dogs found items including:

  • 10 mobile phones;
  • 10 vials and 21 grams of steroids;
  • 4.7 grams of white powder suspected to be drugs; and
  • 150 tablets and pills.

Officers also found screw drivers a prison-made weapon and homemade implements that allowed the inmates to remove electrical panels to hide contraband.

Four inmates were relocated following the search, which was attended by NSW Police Force officers who assisted with any prosecution matters.

A review of searching procedures will be conducted at the prison to ensure a reduction in contraband.

Information obtained during the operation will be used to strengthen measures taken to keep prisons free of contraband.