A Unit Manager and three prisoners at Rimutaka have been charged with a range of cannabis related offences following an operation involving the Department of Corrections and Police.
Department of Corrections Chief Executive Barry Matthews today said the charges sent a strong signal that such behaviour would not be tolerated in New Zealand prisons.
Police laid charges against the unit manager yesterday and the three prisoners will face charges today. The charges were the result of information provided by Corrections.
“As soon as this information came to our attention we involved police. We worked closely with them throughout the course of their investigations,” says Mr Matthews.
“I am pleased that our intelligence capability allowed us to detect this behaviour and act upon it to maintain the safety and security of our prison.
“Any kind of illegal activity cannot be tolerated in our prisons. I expect a high level of honesty and integrity from staff.
“The actions of one person should not detract from the hard work, dedication and professionalism shown by staff at Rimutaka Prison and across the country.
“As this matter will ultimately come before the courts we will not make any further comment at this time.”
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