The package of bedding sent to a prisoner concealed 131g of the class A drug.
The smuggling attempt happened about a fortnight ago but was only made public yesterday.It is not yet clear whether a organised gang is running a dealing operation inside La Moye.
But one source said that with 70 per cent of inmates suffering from problems associated with substance misuse, it was likely such a gang was cashing in on the fertile market.Prison staff discovered the drug in the duvet and the police were called in to investigate.
The police are currently waiting to see if forensic tests reveal any information that may lead to an arrest being made.Det insp Alan Aubert is leading the investigation but did not want to make any comment other than to confirm an investigation is taking place.A prison spokesman said that prisoners are routinely allowed to have bedding sent in to La Moye if they apply for permission.
However, he would not comment on whether sniffer dogs were involved in this instance.Home Affairs president Senator Wendy Kinnard, who has political responsibility for the prison, said that sniffer dogs are used routinely within the prison, especially to detect if visitors are carrying illegal substances.’I am very pleased that the prison staff proved to be vigilant in this instance.
It was an attempt to smuggle in a pretty big amount of the drug.
It was a package sent to a prisoner that was intercepted and the drugs were well concealed,’ said the Senator.She added that prison staff are acutely aware that there is the constant threat of attempts being made to smuggle in drugs, weapons and other banned materials to prisoners.