"...Banning contact visits with inmates is the best way to stamp out drug smuggling into prisons, says prison officer' union boss Beven Hanlon Mr Hanlon was commenting after the drug `P', worth around $26,000 on the blackmarket, was found during a cell search in Auckland's Mt Eden Prison.
Corrections Department northern regional manager Warren Cummins said the amount of the drug was roughly equivalent in size and weight a box of matches..."
Damned right- that's one of the better ways of keeping drugs out, but the trouble is that lack of a real will at the political levels to get serious about contraband.
Simply, it cost money to do effective searching and border control- stopping accomplices throwing contraband over walls. They love to whine about drugs in prisons and like to play on bent staff bringing them in. Sure, that happens, but the technology is available to screen far more effectively. The sort of scanners used in airports, for example.
Searches are very time consuming- even a simple pat-down of a whole work party takes a while. A cell search can easily take half an hour- depending on the amount of personal crap the inmate has- another point that needs sorting- they are allowed far too much stuff.
But much contraband come in through a route that can't be searched and one that nobody wants to be discussed.
Up their arses!
You can get a lot of drugs into a 35mm film container. That sad sack of shit troll Biggirlsblouse could probably hide ten-litre pail up it's abused orifice.