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​Officers seize mobile phones and tobacco

Issued: Sunday, 7 October 2018

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Corrective Services NSW officers have outsmarted inmates after they prevented three soccer balls stuffed full of mobile phones and tobacco from entering a prison on Friday morning (5 October).

Acting Commissioner Rosemary Caruana praised officers for their vigilance, after they seized the three balls from the sterile zone inside the fence perimeter at the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre at Windsor, in Sydney's North-West.  

"Corrective Services NSW is focused on ensuring a safe correctional environment for our staff and doing everything we can to fight contraband is a vital part of that," Ms Caruana said.

"These officers are well-trained to detect contraband and have done a great job of staying one step ahead of the inmates in this instance by identifying the soccer balls as a potential risk and successfully intercepting the contraband."

Two inmates have been in placed into segregation after attempting to retrieve the balls. Investigations are continuing and charges could be place, resulting in penalties of up to two years' imprisonment.

The soccer balls contained:

  • 15 x 50g packs of tobacco

  • 94 packs of cigarette papers

  • seven mobile phones

  • seven SIM cards

  • a cigarette lighter

  • seven phone charger cables

  • seven 240v to USB phone chargers

  • two mobile phone headsets

Assistant Commissioner Security and Intelligence Mark Wilson PSM said CSNSW was keeping pace with international efforts to stamp out contraband in prison systems.

"Contraband is an ongoing issue for prison systems internationally and we are continually changing the way we intercept and seize contraband by developing new technologies and means of detection," Mr Wilson said.

CSNSW staff are proactive and undertake targeted and random searches every day for illegal items on inmates, visitors, cells and all common areas.

Daily searches are backed up with the assistance of the elite Security Operations Group and their highly trained K9 unit, which make regular targeted random searches of the state's prisons and visitors.