Jail search un­cov­ers drug haul

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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