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Police execute warrants in ACT prison

By 14 May 2014 14

ACT Policing executed four search warrants on cells within the Alexander Maconochie Centre last night (Tuesday, May 13) following an extensive police operation into the suspected supply of drugs within the prison and the ACT.

Working closely with ACT Corrections officers, detectives from ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations Drugs and Organised Crime Team executed the warrants around 7.30pm, systematically searching the cells of a number of detainees suspected to be involved.

The warrants resulted in the seizure of six mobile phones and an amount of suspected methylamphetamine and cannabis. Enquiries are ongoing and charges will be laid at a later date.

ACT Policing has been working in close cooperation with ACT Corrective Services and NSW Police throughout the investigation.

As a further link to this investigation, last night police executed a search warrant on a residence in Stirling and seized an amount of suspected methylamphetamine and various documents. A 22-year-old woman was arrested at the location for drug offences and will face court at a later date.

A further four people, two of whom are from Canberra, were arrested in Sydney by NSW Police and a trafficable quantity of drugs seized in connection with this operation.

(ACT Policing media release)

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14 Responses to
Police execute warrants in ACT prison
dungfungus 7:49 pm
14 May 14
#1

Since when did the police need search warrants to enter a cell in a prison?

justsomeaussie 8:34 pm
14 May 14
#2

One has to wonder how a brand new prison could be so massively full of holes that these things can get in. Perhaps the police should be searching the correction officers and visitors as well. What next a gun inside?

Masquara 9:27 pm
14 May 14
#3

You would think they could afford a couple of cans of Pal a week and a sniffer dog!

Henry82 1:12 am
15 May 14
#4

dungfungus said :

Since when did the police need search warrants to enter a cell in a prison?

+1

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 8:38 am
15 May 14
#5

justsomeaussie said :

One has to wonder how a brand new prison could be so massively full of holes that these things can get in. Perhaps the police should be searching the correction officers and visitors as well. What next a gun inside?

Drugs and contraband will always get into prisons, mainly because the Australian public won’t like the measures needed to keep them out.

bundah 9:00 am
15 May 14
#6

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

justsomeaussie said :

One has to wonder how a brand new prison could be so massively full of holes that these things can get in. Perhaps the police should be searching the correction officers and visitors as well. What next a gun inside?

Drugs and contraband will always get into prisons, mainly because the Australian public won’t like the measures needed to keep them out.

So they don’t utilise airport body scanners to prevent visitors from bringing in contraband?

PBO 9:56 am
15 May 14
#7

Henry82 said :

dungfungus said :

Since when did the police need search warrants to enter a cell in a prison?

+1

Probably because it really isnt a prison, it is a correctional/long term day care centre. Prisons dont spend money on expensive, dangerous, glass artwork that could be fashioned into a deadly weapon with ease.

Prisons also operate like prisons, not holiday camps. The only thing prison like about the place is how organised the convicts are.

bigfeet 10:09 am
15 May 14
#8

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Drugs and contraband will always get into prisons, mainly because the Australian public won’t like the measures needed to keep them out.

I think you would be surprised. The Australian public doesn’t give a flying fig about prisoners. Most people I know would not be the slightest bit concerned if criminals were kept in complete solitary confinement for their entire term. Don’t like it? Don’t commit the crime.

Also , no one I know would care if all visitors had to undergo a cavity search before visiting the convicts. Don’t like it? Don’t visit.

milkman 6:41 pm
15 May 14
#9

bigfeet said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Drugs and contraband will always get into prisons, mainly because the Australian public won’t like the measures needed to keep them out.

I think you would be surprised. The Australian public doesn’t give a flying fig about prisoners. Most people I know would not be the slightest bit concerned if criminals were kept in complete solitary confinement for their entire term. Don’t like it? Don’t commit the crime.

Also , no one I know would care if all visitors had to undergo a cavity search before visiting the convicts. Don’t like it? Don’t visit.

And yet our elected representatives in Canberra seem to think it very important that our prison is human rights compliant. Hmmm…

dungfungus 7:26 pm
15 May 14
#10

milkman said :

bigfeet said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Drugs and contraband will always get into prisons, mainly because the Australian public won’t like the measures needed to keep them out.

I think you would be surprised. The Australian public doesn’t give a flying fig about prisoners. Most people I know would not be the slightest bit concerned if criminals were kept in complete solitary confinement for their entire term. Don’t like it? Don’t commit the crime.

Also , no one I know would care if all visitors had to undergo a cavity search before visiting the convicts. Don’t like it? Don’t visit.

And yet our elected representatives in Canberra seem to think it very important that our prison is human rights compliant. Hmmm…

Most of the “guests” at the AMC are there because they have violated someone else’s human rights.

milkman 9:41 pm
15 May 14
#11

dungfungus said :

milkman said :

bigfeet said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Drugs and contraband will always get into prisons, mainly because the Australian public won’t like the measures needed to keep them out.

I think you would be surprised. The Australian public doesn’t give a flying fig about prisoners. Most people I know would not be the slightest bit concerned if criminals were kept in complete solitary confinement for their entire term. Don’t like it? Don’t commit the crime.

Also , no one I know would care if all visitors had to undergo a cavity search before visiting the convicts. Don’t like it? Don’t visit.

And yet our elected representatives in Canberra seem to think it very important that our prison is human rights compliant. Hmmm…

Most of the “guests” at the AMC are there because they have violated someone else’s human rights.

Yes they are.

Tooks 9:03 pm
18 May 14
#12

dungfungus said :

Since when did the police need search warrants to enter a cell in a prison?

I’m curious as to why you think they wouldn’t require a search warrant?

BimboGeek 9:02 am
19 May 14
#13

Corrective Services run the prisons, police wouldn’t usually have much to do with them. But if they are investigating crimes behind bars they would want to go to an extra special effort to show they weren’t taking advantage of prisoners.

dungfungus 9:39 am
19 May 14
#14

Tooks said :

dungfungus said :

Since when did the police need search warrants to enter a cell in a prison?

I’m curious as to why you think they wouldn’t require a search warrant?

I understood that when one was “a guest of HM” they were subject to a cell search at any time by the custodians.
Then again, were are talking about the involvement of trade unions here so I guess the corrective service officers could refuse the police access but they can’t refuse a law officer with a court order (search warrant).
Is that on the same plane that you were thinking?

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