Ranks of the Joint Services on Monday last conducted a three-hour search of the Lusignan Prison and unearthed several prohibited items.
This is according to a short release issued by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) which outlined that during the search the officers found; eight (8) cellphones, ten (10) cellphone batteries, five (5) cell phone chargers, two (2) Sim cards, two (2) memory cards, thirty-one (31) improvised weapons, eleven (11) pieces of metal pipes, nine (9) pieces of wood, seven (7) phone cards, three (3) ziplock bags with cannabis, one (1) small bottle of cannabis seeds, one (1) packet of cigarettes, one (1) tattoo machine with ink, one (1) small cannabis plant and a quantity of ziplock bags.
This raid comes at a time when confidence in the security and security personnel attached on the penitentiaries countrywide are at an all time low with the recent social media posts of inmates at the New Amsterdam prison boasting about the “good life” while putting on display contraband, such as exotic liquors and drugs that made it past security checks.
Moreover, President David Granger had expressed worry over the quality of supervision and security in the prisons.
However, observers and stakeholders have since called for greater action to be taken beyond the expression of worry.