Jun 24, 2012 News
– “disgraceful, unacceptable and unlawful,” says Rohee
One of the prison warders implicated in the smuggling of marijuana into the Camp Street Prison has reportedly told investigators that a woman gave her the bag in which the drug was found.
Kaieteur News understands that the junior rank claimed that the woman, who was at the prison gate, asked her to take the bag into the prison. However, the 28-year-old rank has not admitted to receiving any money for the transaction.
The rank and another female, who is a corporal, were taken into custody on Wednesday after the bag containing some 125 grammes of marijuana was found in an office within the prison. The bag was handed over to an official at the prison. The corporal was in charge of the night shift. Kaieteur News understands that a report is being prepared for the Director of Prisons and charges are likely by tomorrow.
Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, told journalists yesterday that he didn’t have all the details and is awaiting a report from Director of Prisons Dale Erskine on the matter.
“I am awaiting a written report from the Director of Prisons. That written report will give me all the details. All I got was a phone call (on Thursday) telling me what happened.”
He described the incident as ‘disgraceful, unacceptable and unlawful.”
“It’s a very serious matter. It’s like smuggling a cell phone or any prohibited item into the prison. I know as a fact that based on the evidence that was provided to me that they indeed were caught; that they were found in possession of marijuana with the intention of providing this to some prisoners.
That fact by its very nature is disgraceful; it is unacceptable; it is illegal it is unlawful.” The Home Affairs Minister noted that the prison environment is a very sensitive one. “I don’t think that that is a place where you have to go and light a match and create a problem.”
While their male colleagues have been fingered in the past in illegal transactions, this is one of the few times that female prison warders have been implicated.
Kaieteur News understands that the marijuana was smuggled on Thursday into the prison for an inmate who is serving a three-year term.
According to one report, a woman who is related to the inmate gave the recruit the marijuana. The recruit then stashed the marijuana in an office at the prison.
A source said that the inmate who was to collect the narcotics began to suspect that the warders had made off with his stash.
The inmate reportedly began to threaten the prison warders who were on duty.
It is alleged that the female corporal who was in charge of the shift searched the office and found the drugs stashed in a bag. She initially opted to throw the narcotics away, but then handed over the bag to a prison official.
However, Kaieteur News understands that the recruit alleged that it was the corporal who had given her the drugs.
Police were informed and both ranks were detained at the East La Penitence Police Station.
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