A man attempting to throw a package over the rear wall of the Port- of-Spain Prison on Pembroke Street, has been arrested and remains in police custody.
The suspect was caught in the act around 7 am yesterday.
According to a report issued by the T&T Prison Service, prison officers from the Emergency Response Unit at the Port-of-Spain Prison were conducting a surveillance exercise when the suspect was seen.
The rapid response from the officers resulted in the suspect being detained.
The package was confiscated and officers of the Central Police Station were notified.
The package contained 141 grammes of plant-like material, ten packets of cigarettes and one GoL smartphone.
The suspect, who is an ex-inmate, was escorted to the Central Police Station, where he is assisting police with enquiries.
Commissioner of Prisons Dennis Pulchan yesterday applauded the quick action of the officers of the Emergency Response Unit and is reminding all that it is an offence punishable by law under Act 25 of 2019, Miscellaneous Provisions (Law Enforcement Officers) to traffick items into the nation’s prisons or attempt to do so.
The Prisons Commissioner also called on people to desist from doing so.