Alleged smuggling ring dismantled at NA prison


Police have been called in to investigate an alleged smuggling ring at the New Amsterdam (NA) prison after an inmate, who works in the prison’s barbershop was busted with marijuana in his possession on Saturday.

In addition to the marijuana, a prison officer, also discovered other prohibited items that were smuggled inside the barbershop, allegedly by another junior prison officer.

When contacted by the News Room, Prison Director (ag), Nicklon Elliott confirmed that the inmate was caught with the marijuana; he said the prisoner was acting suspiciously and when confronted and searched by prison wardens, the marijuana was found.

No other details in relation to the quantity were provided by Elliott. The News Room was reliably informed that the prohibited items were smuggled into the penitentiary by the prison officer moments before the bust was made.

The alleged corrupt officer was at the time returning from his lunch break when he stopped at the kitchen and then proceeded to the barbershop to drop off the items.

The prison officer in question, along with the inmates in the barbershop, were confronted by the ranks and searched.

The News Room was told that the items are usually smuggled into the prison for a particular high-ranking inmate (name provided) who is being housed there.

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