Officers thwart alleged drug smuggling attempts

Two people have been charged with contraband offences after allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs into Queensland prisons over the weekend.

Intelligence officers at Borallon Training and Correctional Centre have been praised for their vigilance after thwarting an alleged attempt to introduce contraband into the prison.

A 42-year-old Morayfield woman was intercepted by officers from the Queensland Police Services’ Corrective Services Investigation Unit at about 8:30am this morning after intelligence officers identified an alleged attempt to smuggle drugs into the centre.

It will be alleged that during an interview, the woman surrendered 180 strips of Buprenorphine, worth between $104,000 and $144,000 should it have made its way into the centre.

The woman was charged with Supply Dangerous Drug into Correctional Centre and issued a Notice To Appear at Caboolture Magistrates Court on April 6.

At Woodford Correctional Centre, officers intercepted a 25-year-old Slacks Creek woman who was allegedly attempting to introduce a significant quantity of  suboxone strips into the centre.

She has been issued a Notice to Appear at Caboolture Magistrates Court on February 19.

Deputy Commissioner Custodial Operations Gary McCahon said that the vigilance of officers was vital in ensuring the safety and security of Queensland prisons.

“Our intelligence officers and custodial correctional officers do an excellent job of working closely together to prevent the introduction of contraband into our prisons.

“These incidents over the weekend were very good pieces of work to identify a possible threat to officer safety and the safety of everyone in the centre.

“Attempting to introduce contraband into our centres can result in significant fines and imprisonment. It also makes prison less safe for everyone. It is not worth the risk.

“We also appreciate Queensland Police Services’ ongoing commitment to supporting our efforts to ensure the safety of our centres,” DC McCahon said.