A woman was arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle a pound of ganja into Northward Prison on Sunday, according to the Prison Service.

On the same day, a prison officer also confiscated a cellphone from an inmate following a search.

Last month, a man was arrested after prison officers saw him throwing marijuana over the prison’s fence.

“We have zero tolerance when it comes to preventing drugs or any kind of prohibited materials from entering the prison,” Prisons Director Neil Lavis said. “We have taken the necessary precautions and increased our surveillance throughout. We have also increased our success rate in the discovery of illicit items by detecting the ways it’s transported into the prison and how it’s being concealed once inside.”

In a press release, the Prison Service pointed out that it is a criminal offense to knowingly introduce contraband, including drugs, weapons and other forbidden items, to the prison.

“When members of the public traffic such items into the prison, they are encouraging continued drug abuse, which puts inmates and staff members’ lives at risk,” Mr. Lavis said in the statement.

He added that the Prison Service will continue to crack down on “complicit visitors and anyone else who breaks the law.”

“We have strategies in place to combat this issue and if anyone is caught trying to do such a crime, it will be reported to police, and they could find themselves behind bars,” he said.

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