Member for Goulburn Pru Goward has welcomed the results of the largest prison contraband operation in the state’s history, which netted weapons, tobacco and non-prescribed tablets from the Goulburn Correctional Complex.
More than 1,300 custodial officers and 90 Security Operations Group officers attached to Operation Purge searched 8,377 inmates, 5,079 cells and 576 common walls across 36 prisons over an 11-week period.
The Goulburn Correctional Complex includes Goulburn Correctional Centre (minimum security facility for male offenders) and High Risk Management Correctional Centre (maximum security facility for male offenders), and 535 inmates, 327 cells and 42 common areas were searched, resulting in the following contraband being seized:
· 6 x prison-made weapon
· 52g of tobacco
· 1 x syringe
· 2 x suboxone wafers
· 3 x Seroquel
· Qty of non-prescribed tablets
“Operation Purge left no stone unturned, targeting all 36 prisons across the state, including our local prison, where a number of illegal items were seized,” Ms Goward said.
Minister for Corrections David Elliott said an unprecedented number of resources were dedicated to Operation Purge and it had paid off.
“Operation Purge achieved exactly what it was set out to do and we now have 105 inmates from across the state facing charges for compromising the safety and security of our prison system,” Mr Elliott said.
“The terrific work of our custodial officers, local intelligence and modern technology was already having a dramatic impact on detecting and removing contraband from the prison system – Operation Purge took this to the next level.”
CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said being in possession of contraband can result in prosecution, segregation, withdrawal of privileges, and no contact visits for up to 56 days.
Operation Purge commenced on 21 August and netted items including:
· 11 mobile phones;
· 647.7g of tobacco;
· 44 prison-made weapons;
· 60 steroid tablets;
· 5.3g of green vegetable matter;
· 3.4g of crystal meth;
· 21 buprenorphine strips;
· 10 litres of prison-made brew;
· 30 syringes/needles;
· Eight phone chargers; and
· Six USB sticks;