Commissioner of Prisons, Gerard Wilson is lamenting the fact that there are still efforts to smuggle contraband into prisons.
Officers at the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca seized four apples stuffed with four packets of marijuana weighing 88 grams on Wednesday.
A 22-year-old man of Kelly Village, Caroni was arrested and handed over to Arouca police.
Around 1 pm on Wednesday Prison Officer Dookie was scanning visitors at the prison when he saw a visitor with a bag containing the four apples, which appeared unusually large. On cutting the apples discovered that each one contained a packet of marijuana. Arouca police were called in and the suspected smuggler was arrested.
Officers detained a man who tried to smuggle marijuana stuffed inside grapefruit last week.
Speaking with News Power Now this morning the Commissioner Wilson said that there were efforts afoot to treat with the issue.
He disclosed that within recent times vigilance at the prisons have been increased and sniffer dogs introduced at the gates.
He revealed that from next month visitors would no longer be allowed to take fruit to prisoners.
He said that he hoped that that would deter persons from attempting to bring drugs into the prisons.
He also indicated that unfortunately this seems to have been ongoing for some time.