A Delivery man has been Arrested, one would have to ask, How much Drugs are actually getting in to our Prisons? We hear of the large Seizures, you wont hear of the Bad news, not good for PR?

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Largest seizure of contraband in Irish prison history as Mountjoy van raided

Graham McGrath  10 hrs ago


2 Largest seizure of contraband in Irish prison history as Mountjoy van raided

Tablets, alcohol and a number of phones were seized as they were being smuggled into Mountjoy Prison on Tuesday.a man wearing a hat© Provided by Extra.ie

The Irish Prison Service said that the amount of items retrieved made it the largest seizure of contraband in any Irish prison ever.

The items have since been passed over to Gardai who are conducting an analysis as part of the investigation.a variety of items that are sitting in a plastic bag: Tablets, alcohol and a number of phones were seized as they were being smuggled into Mountjoy Prison on Tuesday. Pic: Irish Prison Service© Provided by Extra.ie Tablets, alcohol and a number of phones were seized as they were being smuggled into Mountjoy Prison on Tuesday. Pic: Irish Prison Service

Prison staff are understood to have found out about the influx of contraband through an intelligence-led operation.

An Irish Prison Service spokesperson said: ‘The contraband was seized following an intelligence-led security operation by Mountjoy Prison staff supported by the Operational Support Group.a bunch of items that are on a table: The Irish Prison Service said that the amount of items retrieved made it the largest seizure of contraband in any Irish prison ever. Pic: Irish Prison Service© Provided by Extra.ie The Irish Prison Service said that the amount of items retrieved made it the largest seizure of contraband in any Irish prison ever. Pic: Irish Prison Service

‘The contraband, which included a substantial amount of drugs including a large quantity of tablets, alcohol and mobile phones, has been provided to An Garda Síochana for analysis and is the largest single seizure of contraband into an Irish Prison.

‘The Irish Prison Service has commenced an investigation into the seizure and is working with An Garda Síochána in this regard.’a bunch of items that are sitting in a box: The items have since been passed over to Gardai who are conducting an analysis as part of the investigation. Pic: Irish Prison Service© Provided by Extra.ie The items have since been passed over to Gardai who are conducting an analysis as part of the investigation. Pic: Irish Prison Service

The Director General of the Irish Prison Service Caron McCaffrey added that this morning’s operation was ‘a very significant result for Mountjoy Prison and our Operational Support Group in their efforts to prevent dangerous contraband from entering the prison’.

‘Given the scale of the contraband seized it is highly possible that these drugs, if they had made their way into the prison population, could have had a devastating impact on the prison population including the potential for the loss of life by overdose,’ he concluded.

The Director General commended both Mountjoy Prison and the Operational Support Group for today’s successful operation.a bottle of beer on a cellphone: Prison staff are understood to have found out about the influx of contraband through an intelligence led operation. Pic: Irish Prison Service© Provided by Extra.ie Prison staff are understood to have found out about the influx of contraband through an intelligence led operation. Pic: Irish Prison Service

A Garda spokesperson said: ‘Gardaí are assisting the Irish Prison Service in relation to a seizure of suspected drugs at Mountjoy Garda Station this morning, Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

‘One male, aged in his 40s, has been arrested in relation to this matter and is currently detained in Mountjoy Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

‘Investigations are ongoing.’

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