Prison visitors arrested for smuggling contraband

Some of the contraband found on Northward prison visitors this past weekend.

Two people visiting inmates at Northward prison over the weekend were arrested on suspicion of smuggling contraband. When the visitors were searched, prison officers discovered ganja and a cellphone. The visitors were detained to await the arrival of police officers from the Bodden Town Police Station.

“I am very proud of my staff,” said Director of Prisons Neil Lavis. “They did a thorough job of inspecting and searching those entering the prison. When we find something, we will prosecute to the full extent of the law.”

The Prison Law specifically addresses bringing contraband into prison facilities. If found guilty, offenders face steep penalties, including prison time.

“If members of the public take the risk of throwing items over the perimeter wall or smuggling items in to prisoners, they are making the decision to face serving time themselves,” said Mr. Lavis.

“We are working very hard to stem the flow of cellphones, drugs and alcohol into the prisons. But our efforts will only be successful with the cooperation [of] the community.”