Contraband crackdown nets phone and suspected drugs

Goulburn Jail.
Goulburn Jail.

An inmate has been placed in isolation at the Supermax, Goulburn after allegedly being caught with a mobile phone and suspected drugs.

An intense regime of random contraband searches has uncovered an illegal mobile phone and suspected steroids at the High Risk Management Correctional Centre, in Goulburn.

The 7cm long phone and 6.1g of white powder was found secreted in an offender’s underwear during a random strip search conducted by the Security Operations Group (SOG) on August 10.

The illegal mobile phone and suspected steroids were confiscated from the inmate and the matter was referred to NSW Police.

Assistant Commissioner (Security and Intelligence) Mark Wilson PSM has praised the vigilance of officers around the state who work tirelessly to detect and remove contraband from correctional centres.

“I want to congratulate SOG officers and centre staff for their excellent work in removing a significant security threat from the centre,” Mr Wilson said.

“We will continue to conduct these swift and spontaneous searches at any time of the day, at any correctional centre in the state, to fight the presence of contraband within our prison system.”

CSNSW takes a zero tolerance approach to contraband being smuggled into prisons, and has a range of measures to detect mobile phones including sniffer dogs, a Body Orifice Security Scanner chair and ferromagnetic phone detectors.

The scanners can detect a phone - switched on or off - in an inmate’s clothes and also in a body cavity.

Minister for Corrections David Elliott said he is convinced the current methods of prevention and detection are making a strong impact.

“With the terrific work of our custodial officers, local intelligence and modern technology, we are confident that any inmates possessing contraband will be caught,” Mr Elliott said.

“We’re putting inmates on notice – if they run the risk of concealing contraband, they will pay the price.” 

Contraband possession can result in prosecution, segregation and/or the withdrawal of privileges, such as television, radio, use of “buy-ups” and contact visits for up to 56 days.