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Published date: Monday 7 May 2018
Three women have been charged for allegedly hiding drugs, tobacco and other contraband items in their bras in a bid to smuggle them into the Mid North Coast and South Coast correctional centres.
The contraband blitz, led by CSNSW’s specialised Security Operations Group and executed in conjunction with NSW Police, resulted in three visitors being charged and eight prevented from entering the centre over the weekend.
Assistant Commissioner for Security and Intelligence Mark Wilson PSM said that while this contraband was mostly found hidden in visitor clothing, 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:
Almost all of the contraband was allegedly hidden in balloons in the women’s bras.
Minister for Corrections David Elliott thanked the officers for their diligence in making the contraband find and said the operation shows that visitors will face criminal charges if they try to smuggle banned items into correctional centres.
“Any contraband that enters the prison environment presents a major risk to the health, safety and security of staff and inmates. Visitors caught bringing banned items, including illegal and prescription drugs, to correctional centres face penalties of up to two years' imprisonment,” Mr Elliott said.