Woman arrested for prison contraband

  • 13/10/2015
Woman arrested for prison contraband

A 22-year-old woman has been arrested after a large amount of contraband destined for Christchurch Men's Prison was intercepted.

The find, which included synthetic cannabis, tobacco, methamphetamine, cannabis, four cellphones and SIM cards, would have a prison value of more than $60,000.

Security, sniffer dogs and intelligence staff intercepted the contraband on the prison perimeter and identified those responsible.

"There is a small percentage of prisoners who are behind contraband smuggling," says prison director John Roper.

"To get contraband through the perimeter these prisoners engage in stand-overs, threats and violence toward others.

"Often family and friends are roped in to breaking the law and don't realise the seriousness or consequences of their actions."

Bringing contraband into a prison carries a fine of $5000 and up to three months' jail time.

The woman will appear in Christchurch District Court this afternoon, charged with attempting to supply a class A drug, possession of a class A drug, and possession for supply of a class C drug.

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