An axe, knives and drugs have been discovered during weekend contraband blitz at Cessnock Prison.
Police and Corrective Services officers searched visitor cars arriving at the jail, allegedly finding 54g of cannabis, a gram of Methamphetamine, a glass smoking implement, tobacco, 21 syringes, an axe and hunting and pocket knives.
Five people have since been charged and another seven were denied access to the jail.
Minister for Corrections David Elliot is reminding people of the serious penalties handed to anyone caught trying to smuggle banned items into prisons.
"Any contraband that enters the prison environment presents a major risk to the health, safety and security of staff and inmates."
"Visitors caught bringing banned items, including illegal and prescription drugs, to correctional centres face penalties of up to two years' imprisonment."