.. and staff find 77 mo­bile phones

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - Sean O’Neil

New fig­ures show more than 1000 drug seizures have been made at HMP Ad­di­well since 2014 with heroin, cannabis and tablets the con­tra­band most seized by prison staff.

There have been 1076 drug seizures at the prison in just over three-and-a-half years with 77 mo­bile phones also be­ing con­fis­cated in that time.

The shock­ing fig­ures were un­veiled just a month after nine staff mem­bers at the prison were hos­pi­talised in the space of three days after in­hal­ing sec­ond-hand fumes from the zom­bie drug Spice.

Since 2014 prison staff have seized 125 grams of heroin with 23.2 grams con­fis­cated this year alone (as of Au­gust 31).

There was 176 grams of cannabis found by of­fi­cers in the same time frame as well as quan­ti­ties of co­caine and am­phet­a­mines.

How­ever the largest seizures seem to come in the form of tablets and pills with 3796 seized since 2014.

A spokesper­son for the prison said that drugs were an on­go­ing is­sue for pris­ons with staff us­ing a range of tac­tics to stop il­le­gal sub­stances com­ing into HMP Addiewell – and de­tect­ing them when they do.

An HMP Addiewell spokesper­son said: “Safety and se­cu­rity are our top pri­or­ity and these fig­ures re­flect the hard work and dili­gence of our staff in pre­vent­ing il­licit items get­ting into Addiewell and in de­tect­ing such items when they do.

“Drugs and mo­bile phones are an is­sue across the whole prison es­tate.

“Our staff de­ploy a range of tac­tics to stop il­licit items be­ing in­tro­duced to the prison and have ro­bust search­ing pro­ce­dures in place.

“Any breach of se­cu­rity is dealt with quickly and ap­pro­pri­ately and any­one found in pos­ses­sion of con­tra­band is re­ported to the ap­pro­pri­ate au­thor­i­ties.

“We work closely with the po­lice and the NHS to tackle drugs and their as­so­ci­ated is­sues.”

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