Drone, tobacco and mobile phone found on prison roof
SAFEGUARDS to stop drones breaching prisons will be ramped up after a broken remote-control device, a mobile phone and two packets of tobacco were found on a roof at the country’s toughest jail.
Authorities are investigating after staff at the high-security Goulburn jail, which is home to some of the nation’s worst criminals, found the items at 9am on Friday before handing them over to police.
The apparent attempt to smuggle contraband using a flying carrier comes after two similar recent incidents.
Last month staff saw a drone above Kempsey jail, while another airborne device was detected dropping more than 400 steroid capsules into Lithgow’s correctional facility.
State Corrections Minister David Elliott said he would be looking into what further measures could help restrict drones and aircraft around prisons.
“Drones are a threat to the safety and security of officers and the correctional system and I will be looking at what further safeguards can be put in place to further restrict the use of drones and other aircraft in the vicinity of prisons,” he said.
A Corrective Services spokeswoman said the broken drone, two 50g tobacco packets and a mobile phone had been found on the roof of a demountable building that had been moved to the centre from an external storage area.
She said mesh had already been installed in one correctional centre exercise yard to prevent such security breaches.
Opposition corrections spokesman Guy Zangari said the government had failed to enforce a plan to combat drones.