Correctional officer charged after being paid to smuggle contraband into South Coast facility, NSW

A Corrective Services NSW officer has been charged following an investigation into the introduction of contraband into a correctional facility on the state’s South Coast.

Last month, detectives from the Corrective Services Investigation Unit established Strike Force Draymar to investigate reports of corrupt activity by a male Corrective Services employee.

Following extensive investigations, detectives arrested a 50-year-old man at a correctional facility at Nowra about 1.15pm yesterday (Thursday 16 April 2020).

Shortly after, a vehicle was searched at the correctional facility, where detectives seized two mobile phones.

Officers also conducted a search at a home in Shoalhaven, where investigators seized prohibited drugs, believed to be methylamphetamine (ice) and heroin.

The man was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with agent corruptly receive benefit, holder of public office misconduct and recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

Police will allege in court that the man, who is a Corrective Services NSW officer, trafficked three packages – including a mobile phone and prohibited drugs – into the facility in return for financial benefits of up to $6400 from the family members of inmates.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Nowra Local Court on Monday 15 June 2020.

The man has been suspended by Corrective Services NSW.

Investigations are continuing.

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