Officers on alert

THE discovery of contraband items outside the Suva remand centre yesterday morning has prompted the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) to take serious action.

Assistant Commissioner (operations) Jo Kulinidilo said this was a daily occurrence and they had issued a stern warning to civilians against throwing contrabands over prison fences and walls.

The warning comes after officials found a package containing dried leaves believed to be marijuana, a smoke pipe and a multi-charger for mobile phones outside the premises by corrections officers about 1am.

“Nearly every day we find contrabands being thrown into the premises from outside. Sometimes the contrabands are found just outside of the wall,” Mr Kulinidilo said.

“This poses a huge challenge to the officers.

“People are doing this every day and we would like to warn them that if they are caught, they will be apprehended and handed over to police or we will report their identities to police.”

Section 53 of the Prisons and Corrections Act 2006 states that any person who brings, sells or attempts by any means whatsoever to introduce into a prison, or to give to a prisoner, any prohibited article commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months, or to both.

Meanwhile, the FCS had been challenged in the past by inmates swallowing, smuggling drugs and mobile phones through body cavities. It has been confirmed that the circuit television in prison had detected inmates trying to get contrabands out of their systems while in their dorms.

FCS is looking for better technology to detect contrabands before it enters prison walls.

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