The grandmother grabs the satchel from her sleeve ready to pass it to her grandson.
The grandmother grabs the satchel from her sleeve ready to pass it to her grandson.

Granny smuggles drugs to inmate

A GRANDMOTHER has been caught on closed circuit TV smuggling in satchels of cannabis to her 17-year-old grandson, an inmate at Grafton’s Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre.

Both the woman and her grandson have been charged over the incident, which attracted national media attention.

Staff at the facility noticed something suspicious was happening when the woman was spotted retrieving the small bags of cannabis from her sleeve, during a visit with her grandson on August 13 last year.

Department of Juvenile Justice chief executive Peter Muir said the department places a high priority on the safety and security of staff and young offenders at Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre.

“We will not tolerate visitors bringing contraband into our juvenile justice centres. The department’s security and intelligence unit has strict measures in place to identify contraband, and as the recent example at Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre demonstrates, visitors will face criminal charges,” he said.

NSW Juvenile Justice Minister Barbara Perry said two specially trained drug detection dogs dedicated to juvenile justice centres will conduct checks for contraband at Acmena.

“The NSW Government has reinforced its zero tolerance towards drugs in juvenile justice centres by introducing a dedicated new K9 unit,” she said.

The Juvenile Justice Department said during 2008 and 2009, drug detection dogs were used to search 56 visitors, 124 detainees and 78 cells at Grafton’s Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre.


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