Drug jail smuggling targeted
DRUGS are being smuggled into the Maryborough Correctional Centre, concealed in cars, on people or in the post, police say.
They said problem of visitors bringing drugs, particularly prescription medication to inmates was rife, so they recently joined forces with correctional officers in a bid to clamp down on the illegal activity.
A roadblock was set up on the weekend to intercept all vehicles entering the prison grounds, as part of a two-day operation titled Operation Kilo Fury.
Local police worked with officers from Brisbane's Correctional Services Investigation Unit to raid cars and search their occupants in an attempt to unearth illegal activity.
"Police conducted an operation in the vicinity of the Maryborough Correctional Centre, where a number of drug driving offences were detected," said Detective Senior Sergeant Nikki Colfs of the Maryborough CIB.
Among those arrested were a 26-year-old woman, a 38-year-old man and a 21-year-old man.
Each will face court for driving with drugs in their system.
One person was also found in possession of dangerous drugs.
Snr Sgt Colfs said the operation would be ongoing and would send a strong message to the community that visitors need not bother trying to smuggle goods into the jail.
"We have formed a partnership with the prison, and we are looking at trying to alert people who want to bring drugs in to the people they are visiting," she said.