20th August 06:38 AM
Marijuana, meth and over 50 mobile phones found by Corrections Officers in last 3 weeks at Suva Remand Centre
By Semi Turaga
Tuesday 23/07/2019

Contraband items like methamphetamine, sachets of marijuana, more than 50 mobile phones as well as phone chargers were found by Fiji Corrections Service officers at the Suva Remand Centre in the last three weeks.

These contraband items were found during snap checks conducted from the 8th of July to today.

Fiji Corrections Service Commissioner Commander Francis Kean says the smuggling of contraband items into their remand and convict centres is a daily challenge.

Kean says they have found that some of the senior remandees are intimidating the new remandees to bring these items in.

Kean says since 2016, they have had two cases where people have passed away after smuggling contraband items.

The Corrections Commissioner says some remandees are even digging out the walls in their cells to hide contraband items and they are charging these people for damaging property.

Kean admits that some of these contraband items have entered their centres through the help of Corrections Officers.

He says they have taken action against three Corrections Officers for colluding with prisoners.

Kean says in 2017 they started investing in portable electronic body scanners to assist them in their daily duty of detecting the smuggling of illegal contraband items at the main gates of their 15 correction centres.

He confirms that they will be installing permanent electronic body scanners at the Lautoka Remand Centre and at the Maximum Corrections Centre in Naboro.

They are also in the process of breeding Labrador canine dogs to assist them in detecting these illegal contraband items.

The Fiji Corrections Service currently has three Labrador dogs.

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