A joint operation dubbed ‘Clean Sweep’ involving Correctional Officers and the police resulted in the seizure of over 140 mobile telephones, marijuana and hundreds of other contraband items at the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF).
According to reports, officers seized about 1, 500 contraband items.
The operation on Thursday last week began at about 7:00 a.m. and lasted until around 6:00 p.m.
Heavily armed officers went from cell to cell conducting searches.
They reported that the inmates were ‘generally compliant’.
In addition to mobile telephones, the haul during ‘Clean Sweep’ included ‘cell made’ weapons.
According to the website Justice Trends, contraband cell phones have long been an ongoing security and public safety concern across penitentiary facilities around the world.
The website observed that although confined, dangerous inmates have used the devices to direct criminal activity.
It also noted that having a working mobile phone may also give inmates an element of power within a prison that can benefit them.