Sydney prison driver charged with trafficking knives, drugs to inmates
A truck driver employed by Corrective Services NSW is accused of being paid to traffic drugs and other contraband to prisoners inside a Sydney jail.
Police had begun investigating the truck driver in May following a tip-off from Correctives Services.
Officers swooped on the 37-year-old when he arrived at a correctional facility in Sydney's north-west in the early hours of yesterday morning.
They allegedly found two large hunting knives, around 65kg of tobacco and prescription drugs inside the man's vehicle.
During a raid on a home in Jordan Springs, near Penrith, a short time later police seized ammunition, cannabis and a mobile phone.
The man was taken to Windsor Police Station.
He is now facing a raft of charges, including five counts of acting as an agent corruptly receiving benefit, knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime and stalk/intimidate intending fear or physical harm.
Police will allege in court that the man trafficked contraband into the prison in return for financial remuneration from family members of the inmates.
He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Windsor Local Court on July 30.
The man has been suspended by Corrective Services NSW, who in a statement said that the arrest should serve as a warning to employees, prison inmates and relatives.
"Offences detected within state-wide correctional facilities are taken extremely seriously by both agencies, and together we will always take swift and appropriate action," Corrective Services Investigation Unit Commander Detective Inspector Rob Hollows said.
"These arrests should serve as a timely reminder to any employee, inmate or relative, who works at, resides within or visits correctional facilities, that illicit activities will be identified and thoroughly investigated."