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Prison staff find drugs on visitor

26 August 2016

Prison staff find drugs on visitor at Spring Hill Corrections Facility

Staff at Spring Hill Corrections Facility foiled the plans of one visitor who was found to have 24 ‘tinnies’ in his possession.

The drugs were found when the Site Emergency Response Team conducted a search at a prison checkpoint in the visitors carpark Wednesday 24 August.

The visitor, who was on-site to pick up a prisoner who was being released, had almost 24 grams of cannabis in a plastic container in a pocket of his trousers. He was arrested and Police were called to take the man away and confiscate the drugs.

Prison Director Chris Lightbown was pleased with the actions of staff:

“After noticing a bulge in the man’s waistband they asked him to turn out his pockets where they found the contraband. They then conducted a further rub down where nothing else was found. It’s all in a day’s work for these guys but they certainly do a great job.”

Corrections works hard to keep contraband out of prisons to ensure safety and security of the prisoners, staff and public.

If you think you could be the next eagle-eyed corrections officer, the Department is currently recruiting across all frontline roles. If you would like more information about working as a probation officer, corrections officer, case manager, programme facilitator, or instructor, check out the website here: http://frontlinejobs.corrections.govt.nz/


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