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Hooch, mobile phones and 421 tablets all found in cell search in Mountjoy

The search was carried out early yesterday morning.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

HEROIN, CANNABIS, HOMEMADE alcohol and 14 phones were all part of haul of contraband confiscated after a search in Mountjoy Prison yesterday.

The Irish Prison Service says that the search started  yesterday morning in the C-Wing of the prison at 7am and was directed by intelligence gathered by prison staff.

The operation included a search of all cells and common areas on the C-Wing and was carried out by Mountjoy Prison staff as well as members of the Operational Support Group which is tasked with preventing contraband entering prisons and detecting prohibited items.

As a result of the search the following items were seized:

  • 14 mobile phones
  • 6 sim cards
  • 11 phone chargers
  • 421 assorted tablets
  • 21.5g of heroin
  • 19.5 of cannabis resin 
  • 19g of skunk cannabis herb
  • 60 litres of hooch

The haul is the biggest such operation held in the the Irish Prison System since 30 mobile phones, modems and a number of USB keys were seized in Portlaoise Prison in August.

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