Wreck Bay man Terrence Brown guilty of trying to take prohibited drugs and contraband into South Nowra jail.

South Coast Correctional Centre at South Nowra.
South Coast Correctional Centre at South Nowra.

An indigenous educator at the South Coast Correctional Centre has been found guilty of being part of a criminal group trying to smuggle prohibited drugs into the jail system.

Terrence Myles Brown, 52, of Wreck Bay, was found guilty by Judge Donna Woodburne in Sydney's Downing Centre District Court of misconduct as a holder of a public office, participating in a criminal group contributing to criminal activity and supplying a prohibited drug.

Brown was one of six people arrested, including three prisoners and a male and female on the“outside” who were allegedly part of the plan.

All six have been charged and faced a variety of charges.

Police investigations and surveillance led to the alleged ring being caught.

Court papers said Brown was part of a group trying to introduce contraband to the South Coast Correctional Centre for financial reward.

Brown was granted conditional bail stipulating he live at Wreck Bay and not to enter or go within one kilometre of any correctional centre.

He is not to contact any employee of Corrective Services NSW, by any means whatsoever, including through a third person and is not to contact any inmate of any Correctional Centre in NSW by any means whatsoever, including through a third person

He will be sentenced in Sydney on November 16.

In August 2017, now 47-year-old Andrew Michael Perish, who was already in the South Nowra jail and had links to the death of underworld figure, drug manufacturer and police informant Terry Falconer, was sentenced to two years’ jail over the scheme.

Perish pleaded guilty to being part of a criminal group and contributing to criminal activity.

He was charged with trying to get a quantity of buprenorphine brought into the jail in May through to September 2015.

The plan was to bring around 200 tablets, which are also sold under the brand name Subutex, among others, into the jail. The opioid is used to treat opioid addiction and moderate pain.

A TAB account was established as a method of payment for the drugs, with two deposits totalling $2000 made.

In July 2017 Lario Ratuvou was found guilty of misconduct as a holder of a public office, conspiring to take prohibited drugs and other contraband into a number of jails. He was jailed for 12 months.

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