New cut­lass, knife found in Lusig­nan Prison hold­ing area

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

The po­lice in ‘C’ Di­vi­sion are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the dis­cov­ery of a cut­lass and a knife, which were found out­side the north eastern fence of the hold­ing bay at the Lusig­nan Prison.

Di­rec­tor of Pris­ons (ag) Glad­win Sa­muels yes­ter­day con­firmed the dis­cov­ery. He said re­ports have in­di­cated that the weapons were al­legedly seen in the pos­ses­sion of an in­mate, who was dis­armed by a fel­low in­mate.

Sa­muels said the items were tossed out of the hold­ing bay. Af­ter a re­port was made to of­fi­cers on duty, a search was con­ducted in the area which led to the re­cov­ery of the weapons. Both the cut­lass and knife ap­peared to be new.

Only last Mon­day, Joint Ser­vices ranks con­ducted a three-hour search of the Lusig­nan Prison and found im­pro­vised weapons, cell­phones, cell­phone bat­ter­ies, phone charg­ers, phone cards, cannabis, cannabis seeds and a cannabis plant, among other items.

In the pre­vi­ous week, a plot to smug­gle con­tra­band items, in­clud­ing cannabis and phones into the prison, was thwarted. While a sus­pect fled, three bags con­tain­ing cannabis, cig­a­rettes, cel­lu­lar phones, and lighters, among other items, were found.

The Guyana Prison Ser­vice con­tin­ues to grap­ple with ram­pant smug­gling of items into pris­ons across the coun­try. Sev­eral warders have been ac­cused of in­volve­ment and charged.

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