Several contraband items were seized by a combined team of officers during a search at the Maximum Security Prison on Saturday.
According to a release from the Prison Service, around 9:00am yesterday, a coordinated search was conducted in the Wayne Jackson Building, located at the Maximum Security Prison, amidst reports of illegal activities occurring there.
The release stated that in an effort to maintain security and sanitise the prison of contraband, a combined effort involving members of the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, and the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force was undertaken. With a view of ensuring that the exercise was conducted in a professional manner, it was recorded and viewed LIVE by senior officials.
During the exercise, officers were verbally threatened and met with a level of resistance, as some charges refused to comply with the orders. However, no rights were violated by the officers during the execution of their duties.
Several contraband items including a quantity of cellphones, chargers, cigarettes, electric shavers, plant-like material, wrapping paper, and lighters were confiscated.
Commissioner of Prisons, Mr. Dennis Pulchan, has commended the officers who stood firm and the professional manner in which the exercise was carried out. He has stated the prison is an equal place for all under its care and the lawlessness being displayed by the charges housed in the Wayne Jackson Building will not be tolerated.
He sounded a warning to officers who continue to engage in illegal activities and promised that their days were numbered, and when caught, they will face the full brunt of the law.