Drug trafficking arrests at Mobilong Prison

Three inmates at Mobilong are among seven people to be arrested today in a multi-agency sting targeting drugs in prisons.

Police will allege that the prisoners arranged for a shipment of buprenorphine, a schedule one drug used as a substitute for heroin and methadone by recovering addicts, to be smuggled in.

The drug was allegedly uncovered during a search of a prison accommodation unit today.

A visitor to the prison was also alleged to have been carrying buprenorphine strips.

A mobile phone allegedly used to coordinate the drug operation was seized as well, along with a phone charger and headphones.

The sting was carried out by police and the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).

Detective Superintendent Steve Taylor said the arrests would serve as a warning to anyone considering bringing drugs or other contraband into prisons.

The department’s chief executive officer, David Brown, commended the officers involved.

“Attempts to introduce drugs into prisons is a serious criminal act that DCS does not tolerate,” he said.

“The department will continue to work collaboratively with SAPOL to detect and pursue potential criminal activity."

Of the three inmates arrested for drug trafficking, two – a 34-year-old and a 38-year-old man – appeared in court today and were due for another appearance on January 12.

The other, a 35-year-old man, will face court tomorrow.

Four Adelaide women – aged 28, 34, 34 and 48 – will also face drug trafficking charges over the matter, on various dates over the next two months.

Police will allege they found more buprenorphine strips at several other locations.