Jail search uncovers drug haul
A SEARCH of visitors’ cars at Hakea Prison in Canning Vale and the adjacent Melaleuca Remand and Reintegration Facility last week uncovered drugs and drug paraphernalia.
During the one-and-ahalf hour operation, 84 visi- tors to the facilities and 52 vehicles were searched, with methamphetamine, cannabis, syringes and suspected stolen credit cards found.
The search was initiated and run by Hakea security staff and included the Drug Detection Unit, Special Operations Group and Melaleuca staff.
Corrective Services Commissioner Tony Hassall said any contraband entering a prison compromised the safety of staff and prisoners.
“Sometimes there may be no clear intent to traffic the material into the prison but this is also about keeping drugs and other contraband away from prison land completely,” Mr Hassall said.
“I said last month when Corrective Services staff launched a statewide blitz of visitors’ car parks that we would continue in our efforts to stop contraband from entering our facilities.”
Those caught trying to smuggle contraband into prisons face visit bans of between three months and a year.
Drugs and paraphernalia uncovered during a search of visitors’ cars at Hakea Prison.