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No place for drugs in WA's prisons

27 February 2019

"If you bring drugs to prison they will be found and if you take drugs you will be tested."

That's the message from the Commissioner for Corrective Services Tony Hassall as he announced the results of another drug raid in one of the State's prisons.

Officers from the Special Operations Group and Drug Detection Unit paid a surprise visit to Bunbury Regional Prison on Sunday where 354 prisoners were drug tested and 39 staff were searched, drug and alcohol tested.

The visit was part of ongoing efforts to detect and prevent the use and trafficking of illicit substances in the State's prisons.

"The reasons for drug use are complex, and we are making record investments into delivering services and programs in our prisons designed to break the cycle of addiction, and to help offenders live free from drugs and crime," the Commissioner said.

All staff tested on Sunday were cleared of using any prohibited substances, while seven prisoners showed traces of illicit drugs. If preliminary results are confirmed, those prisoners will be charged and sanctioned.

"The message is clear: there is no place for drugs in our prisons and we will continue testing and searching, without fear or favour, to keep our facilities clean," the Commissioner said.

Search and drug testing operations are held across all of the State's prisons throughout the year.

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