More contraband unearthed at Lusignan Prison

first_imgA raid on the Lusignan Prison, East Coast Demerara, conducted jointly by ranks of the Police Force and the Prison Service on Monday, has resulted in the discovery of even more prohibited and contraband items.Items seized include 45 improvised weapons, six lighters, one metal foil, 36 razor blades, three cellphone chargers, one white cellphone, a quantity of empty zip lock bags, one tattoo machine, a quantity of nails, two headphones, three broken pieces of metal and a quantity of pallet wood.The search lasted for a few hours. Earlier in the month, a raid was conducted at the Georgetown prison at Camp Street during which 19 cellular phones, five phone chargers, one flash drive, 15 cigarette lighters, two packs of cigarettes, five pairs of scissors, seven improvised weapons, and 774 grams of cannabis were found.Prior to that raid, another raid was carried out at Lusignan Prison. Razor blades, 17 phone chargers, 24 lighters, a quantity of wires, eight metal spoons, two pairs of scissors, one plastic knife, two nail clips, a quantity of Ziplock bags, six bottles of pepper sauce, one pack of cards, three bottles of medicine, four bottles of oil with suspected cannabis seeds, one memory card and three mirrors were found.The smuggling of contraband items into prisons remains a perennial problem within the system. Authorities have been working assiduously to curb the practice, and these efforts have resulted in several prison officers being caught facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be “big business”.In fact, back in July, Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels, had disclosed during a press conference that several prison officers had been relieved of their duties after they were found to be working in collusion with each other in order to facilitate the movement of suspected contraband into the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay area.last_img read more