Fifth person charged after contraband investigation at correctional centre in Sydney’s north-west

A fifth person has been charged as part of an ongoing investigation into the introduction of contraband at a correctional facility in Sydney’s north-west.

In May this year, detectives from the Corrective Services Investigation Unit commenced an investigation under Strike Force Cantrill following reports of corrupt activity by a male Corrective Services employee.

So far during the investigation, officers have charged a 37-year-old man, who is employed as a Corrective Services truck driver, a 37-year-old male inmate, a 35-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man.

All four remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, a 28-year-old man was arrested as he attended a correctional facility in Glen Innes on Thursday 23 July 2020.

A search of the man’s Nissan Pathfinder was conducted, and police located and seized more than $8000 cash and a small weight scale.

He was taken to Glen Innes Police Station where he was charged with two counts of corruptly give/offer to give agent benefit.

It will be alleged in court that the man was involved in organising the trafficking of contraband into a facility in Sydney’s north-west.

The man was refused bail and appeared at Armidale Local Court on Thursday 23 July 2020 where he was formally bail refused to appear at Penrith Local Court today (Thursday 30 July 2020).

Investigations under Strike Force Cantrill are continuing.

The Corrective Services Investigation Unit (CSIU) conducts proactive intelligence-based investigations into criminal activities and corruption within correctional centres across the state with assistance and support from the Department of Justice and Corrective Services NSW.

The unit forms part of the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad, and anyone with information about suspected illegal activity should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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