A man attempting to throw a package over the rear wall of the Port of Spain Prison, on Pembroke Street has been arrested and currently in police custody.
The suspect was caught in the act at about 7 am on Wednesday.
According to an initial report issued by the T&T Prisons Service, Prisons Officers of the Emergency Response Unit at the Port of Spain Prison were conducting a surveillance exercise when the suspect was seen.
The rapid response by 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 grams 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 applauded the quick action of the Officers of the Emergency Response Unit, Port of Spain Prison, 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. As such, persons are advised to cease and desist from doing so.