Officer charged with smuggling drugs into Nowra jail

A CORRECTIVE Services officer at the South Coast Correctional Centre in South Nowra has been charged with taking prohibited items, including drugs into the jail.

The 43-year-old man from Shellharbour was arrested by officers attached to Strike Force Kubax on Tuesday morning.

The man was stopped as he entered the jail on The Links Road at South Nowra around 7.30am.

The corrective services officer was searched and police allegedly found 150 tablets in a heat-sealed pack.

Officers searched the man’s home in Shellharbour and allegedly located cash and drugs.

Earlier this year investigators attached to the Corrective Services Investigation Unit began inquiries into claims prohibited drugs, prescription drugs and various items of contraband were being introduced into a correctional centre in return for payment.

The man was conveyed to Lake Illawarra Police Station and charged with two counts of trafficking drug into a correctional centre, two counts of agent corruptly receive benefit, two counts of supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug and goods in custody.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Port Kembla Local Court on August 6.

Inquiries into the matter continue.

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