$100000 Drugs Drone Drop thwarted at NSW Prison

Prison officials at Cessnock Prison in New South Wales have thwarted a planned Drone Drugs Drop at the site.

The maximum security prison in the Hunter region is getting more adventurous attempts at drug drops as no visitors are currently allowed due to coronavirus.

The bust of an estimated $100,000 worth of drugs including buprenorphine, came after a vehicle was searched near the facility and found to have a drone with the drugs attached to it in the trunk.

Peter Severin, Corrective Services Commissioner said in a statement “It was a brazen operation. So they are trying new ways, lots of ingenuity there, and using drones of course is very modern technology, it is one of those ways to try to get it in. Officers have recently stepped up patrols and it had paid off. Since visits were cancelled to correctional centres in March due to COVID-19, we’ve seen people increasingly using mail, drones and tennis balls in an attempt to smuggle drugs into our prisons. The good work by our correctional centre staff in searching for and detecting contraband should send a clear message to these people that ‘we are alert and you will get caught’. Our officers are proactive and undertake daily contraband searches of inmates, cells and common areas, these searches also focus on inmate mail and prison perimeter fences”

A strip or tablet of buprenorphine has a prison value of approximately $1000

Four arrests have been made.

Cessnock Correctional Centre, an Australian maximum security prison for males, is located in Cessnock, New South Wales. The centre is operated by Corrective Services NSW an agency of the Department of Justice of the Government of New South Wales.

Plans were recently released for a textiles factory to be staffed by inmates at the Cessnock Correctional Centre in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.

Corrective Services Industries has called for tenders for the provision of sewing equipment at the jail, including safety switches and machines for making pockets and button holes. The tender also involves ongoing maintenance of the equipment for 10 years.

Mathew Beacher, the correctional centre’s operations manager, said it was a positive initiative. Textiles will be engaging 30 inmates in employment of mainly inmate clothing so to maintain self sufficiency”


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