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​Six charged in Wellington prison contraband blitz

Published date: Wednesday 19 December 2018

A meat cleaver in a car, MDMA capsules hidden in a can and drugs hidden in a bra were among the contraband uncovered during a weekend blitz of visitors at the Wellington Correctional Complex in the state’s central west.

The operation, led by Corrective Services NSW’s specialised Security Operations Group in conjunction with NSW Police, resulted in six visitors being charged and prevented from entering the Macquarie and Wellington correctional centres.

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 operation, officers assisted by contraband detection-dogs found items including:

  • 27 strips of the opioid buprenorphine hidden in a visitor’s bra;
  • 26 MDMA capsules and 1.8g white crystal believed to be Ketamine inside an emptydrink can;
  • 0.3g of white crystal substance believed to be ‘ice’;
  • One meat cleaver;
  • One flick knife;
  • 0.3 crystal substance believed to be ‘ice’;
  • 1.2g of green vegetable matter believed to be cannabis;
  • Quantity of drug paraphernalia; and
  • Eight Endone tablets.
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.