Two people have been arrested over an alleged attempt to smuggle three large packages of contraband into Goulburn Jail over the weekend.
Correctional officers were undertaking “intelligence-based” surveillance at 11.45pm on Saturday night when they spotted a suspicious vehicle and a man climbing over a fence near the industries section of the prison.
The officers challenged the man, who allegedly attempted to flee before being arrested. The man’s backpack reportedly contained a large parcel of contraband. A search of a nearby building located a further two parcels of contraband. The female driver of the vehicle was arrested a short time later.
Officers claim the packages contained three mobile phones; 30 x 50g pouches of tobacco; 357 steroid tablets; 3.73g of ‘green vegetable matter’; 10 valium tablets; two balloons of white powder and one balloon of orange powder; three SIM cards; six cigarette lighters; and two USB sticks.
The pair are facing criminal charges.
Corrections Minister David Elliott praised the work of the Security Operations Group and Goulburn officers, who were assisted by NSW Police.
“This was outstanding work by a crack team of officers and their K9s, who have prevented three mobile phones, 30 pouches of tobacco, drugs and other contraband from entering the prison system,” he said.
“This should also be a reminder to anyone attempting to bring contraband into our prisons – we are watching and you will be caught.”
Corrective Services NSW Commissioner also Peter Severin congratulated officers for their “professional and proactive work.”
“This is a fine example of the excellent surveillance work our Security and Intelligence teams undertake each day,” he said.
“Our SOG and Goulburn officers on the ground have used this intelligence to swiftly and precisely narrow in on the suspects and prevent this contraband from getting into our centre. I’m very proud of the work of all involved, who have maintained the security and safety of Goulburn.”