Last Updated on Thursday, 3 August 2017, 16:39 by Denis Chabrol
As efforts continue to tighten security at Guyana’s prisons, the security services have found more prohibited items at two jails, resulting in prison officers at one prison receiving death threats for the seizure of drugs, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels said Thursday.
He said a probe has been launched into the discovery of cellular phones and narcotics at the Timehri Prison.
“A prisoner indicated that a prison Staff took pay for the items to pass during a visit. The discovery has caused the owner much pain and he is talking about killing Prison officers. The Police are called in to investigate,” he said.
The Guyana Police Force said a search of a convicted prisoner’s cell at the Timehri Prison Wednesday afternoon uncovered 180 grams of cannabis. Since then, the security forces conducted a thorough search of cells at the Timehri Prison on Thursday between 09:40 and 12:30hrs and the following prohibited items were found
1) Eight (8) lighters
2) Seven (7) smoking utensils
3) Sixteen (16) improvised weapons
4) Eight (8) packs of cigarettes
5) Two (2) dining forks
6) Two (2) pairs of scissors
7) Five (5) cell phone chargers
8) One (1) bottle pepper sauce
9) Three (3) cellular phones
10) One (1) tattoo machine
11) A quantity of tobacco and
12) Three hundred and five (305) grams of cannabis.
Across at the New Amsterdam Prison, the Director of Prisons confirmed that from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM Thursday a snap search was conducted at the New Amsterdam Prison by 20 police ranks and seven prison officers. At the end of the search of two dormitories, two landings and cells, the security forces recovered
1) Eight (8) Cellular phones
2) Three (3) Cellular phone batteries
3) One (1) Cellular phone display
4) Three (3) Ear phones
5) Five (5) Cellular phone chargers
6) Sixteen (16) Cigarette lighters
7) Two (2) tattoo machines
8) Five (5) Improvised Weapons
9) Twenty (20) packs Cigarette
10) Three (3) grams Cannabis
Earlier Thursday, the Director of Prisons again expressed grave concern that prison wardens were colluding with other persons to breach security at the country’s jails by facilitating the entry of prohibited items.
Samuels’ comments were triggered by the discovery earlier Thursday of a bag containing a large quantity of marijuana and cigarettes that were allegedly smuggled into the Lusignan jail by three employees of Cevon’s Wast Management company.
The Guyana Police Force said at about 10:45 Thursday morning, police acting on information conducted a search of a vehicle owned by a Waste Disposal Service, which shortly before entered the “Old Compound” of the Lusignan Prison and found therein a haversack containing in excess of 860 grams of cannabis and two cartons of cigarettes.
The driver and two porters, one being a female, were searched and 24 grams of cannabis was found in the driver’s pants pocket.
The driver, 25 years old, of Middle Walk, Buxton, East Coast Demerara and the porters; a 26 year old male from Russel Street, Charlestown, Georgetown and the 32 year old female of ‘C’ Field Reserve, Sophia, are in custody assisting with the investigation.