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Stock photo of Maghaberry Prison.
Stock photo of Maghaberry Prison.
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Prison officer arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking into Maghaberry Prison

The man was arrested yesterday morning.
Aug 19th 2017, 2:00 PM 8,463 8

A PRISON OFFICER was one of three people arrested by the PSNI in relation to drug trafficking into Maghaberry Prison in Antrim.

The 23 year-old prison officer was arrested yesterday morning at 10.20am on suspicion of misconduct in public office, possession of criminal property and being concerned in the supply of Class A and B drugs.

Two women, aged 55 and 26 were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to “convey prohibited articles into a prison”,  and possession with intent to supply Class A & B drugs.

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Foster, from the PSNI’s Criminal Investigation Branch, said: “During the searches in HMP Maghaberry and in the Lisburn and Dungannon areas today, detectives seized a quantity of suspected Class A and Class B controlled drugs and drugs paraphernalia.”

Head of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, Ronnie Armour, added: “I welcome the result of today’s joint operation with the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Removing dangerous drugs from Maghaberry will help to keep staff and prisoners safe. I would commend everyone involved in this operation.”

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