Prison visitors warned against carrying contraband

CONTRABAND: Corrective Services NSW has released this image of 13 balloons filled with tobacco and allegedly hidden in the bra of a visitor to Goulburn Correction Centre at the weekend.Photo: Contributed

CONTRABAND: Corrective Services NSW has released this image of 13 balloons filled with tobacco and allegedly hidden in the bra of a visitor to Goulburn Correction Centre at the weekend.Photo: Contributed

Women allegedly carrying contraband in their bras have prompted a warning to visitors to NSW prisons including Wellington Correctional Centre.

NSW Minister for Corrections David Elliott has laid down the law after raids at Cessnock, Silverwater Women’s and Goulburn correctional centres.

“I’m absolutely appalled that this weekend’s searches resulted in four visitors facing charges of attempting to smuggle contraband into a correctional centre,  essentially placing the lives of our staff at risk,” he said.

“I want to remind visitors to centres that we will not tolerate this illegal activity and you will be caught and penalised.

“Intelligence officers at each centre monitor 24/7 for suspicious behaviour and this, combined with the detection skills of our SOG (Security Operations Group) officers and K9 team, means that if you break the law you will be caught.”

Three women and one man were charged following the weekend raids that netted contraband including mobile phones, tobacco and Xanax tablets.

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