Birthday cards laced with drugs sent to inmates in Irish prisons
Exclusive: A shocking method of smuggling narcotics came to a staff member’s attention when a prisoner appeared to be getting a large amount of greeting cards in quick successioni
Prison staff have been warned to be mindful of birthday cards sent to inmates after it emerged some had been laced with drugs.
The shocking method of smuggling narcotics came to a staff member’s attention when a prisoner appeared to be getting a large amount of greeting cards in quick succession.
The cards were checked for drugs when it transpired the inmate’s birthday was not for another couple of months.
They came back positive for LSD and appear to have been soaked in the mind-altering drug before being dried out and sent in to the inmate, who then licked the paper to get high.
Other cards were found to be soaked in boiled down heroin.
A prison source told the Irish Sunday Mirror the inmate managed to get the drugs under the noses of unsuspecting staff during lockdown.
The source said the idea was similar to a scene from movie In The Name Of The Father when Daniel Day-Lewis’s character is given an LSD-laced piece of a puzzle by a fellow inmate.
The source said: “Prison staff are highly trained to keep a close eye on everything that is sent into inmates but nobody would have suspected drugs were in a birthday card.
“They were not visible to the naked eye and the card looked just like any other. Inmates have always come up with crafty ways of getting narcotics into the jails but this is a different level.
“There was nothing remarkable about these cards that were being sent in to the inmate, they looked perfect.
“It was only when one particular staff member noticed the prisoner appeared to be getting a hell of a lot of cards he felt there was something up. When he checked when the inmate’s birthday was, it wasn’t for another few months and that’s when alarm bells really started ringing.”
This alerted officials who got checks completed on the card.
The source added: “They decided to test the card for drugs and they came back as positive.”
A prison spokesman said: “Preventing the access of contraband into prisons remains a high priority for the Irish Prison Service.