Correctives officer charged after allegedly being paid to smuggle tobacco into facility, NSW

A Corrective Services NSW officer has been charged as part of an investigation into the introduction of contraband into a correctives’ facility in Central Western NSW.

Earlier this month, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Corrective Services Investigation Unit established Strike Force Balanada to investigate the introduction of contraband at the Wellington Correctional Centre.

Strike force detectives identified suspicious activity being conducted by a male corrections officer.

Following extensive inquiries, investigators arrested a 35-year-old man at a home at Maryvale yesterday (Thursday 27 December 2018).

The man, who is a Corrective Services NSW employee, was taken to Wellington Police Station and charged with two counts of agent corruptly receive benefit and five counts of unlawfully deliver anything to an inmate.

Police will allege in court that the man trafficked tobacco into Wellington Correctional Centre on five occasions in return for financial reward from two inmates.

He has been granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Wellington Local Court on 19 February 2019.

The man was also notified his employment with Corrective Services NSW has been suspended.

Investigations under Strike Force Balanada are continuing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Balanada detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.

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