Over 550 visitors have been charged or denied entry to NSW prisons after being caught attempting to smuggle contraband this year.
According to a report released by the Minister for Corrections, over 67,000 checks have been carried out on visitors since January, with 399 denied entry and 154 charged by police.
Image (supplied): 13 balloons filled with tobacco and hidden inside a visitor's bra at Goulburn.
"We know most contraband is introduced by visitors and handed over during visits and this type of behaviour is unacceptable," Minister for Corrections David Elliot said.
"My message to anyone visiting a NSW prison is clear: if you attempt to bring in contraband, you will be caught and punished."
Image (supplied): Goulburn contraband.
From January 1 to August 20, the following contraband has been seized during visitor searches:
- 911 strips of Buprenorphine
- 148g of methamphetamine
- 392g of marijuana
- 2,845g of tobacco
- 33 weapons
- 11 firearm rounds
- 422 syringes
- 41 needles
Image (supplied): Contraband being passed from a visitor to an inmate via a chip packet.