Tattooing implements, drugs found in Maryborough prison
SHORTLY after two prison officers were assaulted at Maryborough Correctional Centre on January 14, a "significant amount" of contraband was found at the facility.
Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) said among the findings were syringes, tattooing implements, and subutex strips (which is a medication prescribed in the community for opioid dependence).
"QCS can confirm that an operation planned by the Maryborough Correctional Centre management late on the evening of 18 January resulted in the location of a significant amount of contraband in one section of the prison," a QCS spokesperson said.
"Charges against a number of prisoners could be laid as a result.
"As the matter remains the subject of a police investigation, QCS is unable to provide any further details about the operation."
Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan has commended the staff at Maryborough Correction Centre in their mannerism in dealing with the situation.
"The Palaszczuk Government takes a zero-tolerance approach to these items in correctional centres," he said.
"The location of drugs and contraband in prisons has been assisted by the increase in QCS officers at Maryborough from 220 under the LNP in 2013 to 260 under the Palaszczuk Government.
"Armed with more officers, Passive Alert Drug Detection (PADD) dogs and detection capabilities than ever before, QCS is working very hard to keep drugs out of jail."