A huge haul of drugs and mobile phones has been recovered since the introduction of detection measures to crackdown on prison contraband.
- 225kg of illicit drugs recovered from prisons in 2016
- over 20,000 mobile phones and sim cards recovered
- criminals using drones to smuggle phones and drugs into prisons jailed for a combined total of over 40 years
A huge haul of drugs and mobile phones has been recovered since the introduction of new detection measures to crackdown on prison contraband, Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah revealed today.
A £2 million investment has seen every prison across the estate fitted out with hand-held mobile phone detectors and portable detection poles to step up the detection of illegal phones on the landings.
In addition, 300 specialist prison dogs have been trained in drugs detection to help stem the flow of illicit substances into our prisons, allowing officers to focus their efforts on reforming and turning the lives around of offenders.