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Five charged in Wellington contraband blitz

Published date: Monday 24 September 2018

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Corrective Services NSW officers are reminding visitors to ensure their cars are contraband-free after a weekend blitz at Wellington Correctional Complex uncovered drugs, tobacco and a homemade Taser.

The operation, led by CSNSW’s specialised Security Operations Group in conjunction with NSW Police, resulted in at least five visitors being charged and another four prevented from entering the centre, in the state’s Central West.

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 need to use some common sense and ensure that they are not driving into a correctional facility with a boot full of hunting knives or anything else that is considered contraband in the custodial setting such as tobacco.”

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

  • 22 Suboxone strips, 58 non-prescribed tablets, 23 capsules and one MDMA tablet
  • 34.7g cannabis
  • 2.5g methamphetamine
  • 43.5g tobacco
  • one homemade Taser
  • one large kitchen knife
  • one glass smoking implement (bong)
  • 12 syringes

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.