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…following discovery of prohibited items in November
Three Prison Officers have been charged departmentally for neglect of duty following the discovery of a quantity of prohibited items, inclusive of suspected narcotics, concealed in bread bins or containers at the Lusignan Prison on November 17, 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs disclosed.
Police have been called in and an investigation has been launched. The Ministry said that while the police investigations are ongoing, the Prison Officers’ departmental charges will in no way prevent them from being charged criminally if the investigations find they acted illegally.
At about 14:50h on the day in question, two prisoners, under the supervision of a Prison Officer, were transporting four bread bins from the Prison’s kitchen to the Holding Bay when the Gate Officer on duty conducted a search and unearthed several prohibited items including 553 grams of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be Cannabis Sativa, quantity of ‘Fronto’ leaves, one cartoon ‘slow burner’, ten packs of ‘Bamboo’, quantity of Small zip lock bags, 15 cartoons of cigarette, five lighters, one Cellular phone charger, four packs Winter Fresh gums, one Tropical Mist water bottle containing five-year-old rum, one Tropical Mist water bottle containing Guinness, one small bottle vodka and one bottle hard wine.