Corruption investigators have blasted lax security regimes at Western Australia prisons after a major investigation uncovered prison officers and organised crime figures smuggling drugs into jails.
In yet another damming report into the State’s corrective services system, the Corruption and Crime Commission alleged a network of prisoners, some of whom were members of outlaw motorcycle gangs, had worked with corrupt custodial officers to move large volumes of ice, steroids and cash in and out of prisons.
As part of its investigation, the CCC has released surveillance audio of a prison officer openly doing a deal to smuggle steroids into prison, and talking of the risks involved in smuggling needles and other material.
The CCC has warned the State’s prison system is a corruption risk “hot spot” and has warned of more reports to come exposing wrongdoing in the corrective services network.
The CCC formed an opinion of serious misconduct against two former custodial officers who faced disciplinary action were dismissed from private security company Serco.
The CCC has recommended that the current search and screening procedures for prisons be reviewed and the Department of Justice review its drug testing regime for prison officers.