Contraband operations in South Staffs prisons

Released on 6 September 2017

South Staffordshire council news

On 31 August, a high visibility operation took place at HMP Featherstone and HMP Oakwood in South Staffordshire. This was held during visiting hours 11am – 2:30pm, where vehicles and visitors were searched for contraband.Over 50 officers from the following agencies and departments were involved. This included South Staffordshire Local Policing Team, Neighbourhood, Specials and Response officers, National Crime Agency, Midlands Area Search Team and dogs, G4S Prison Security Staff, Staffordshire Police Force Safeguarding Investigation, Staffordshire Police Road Crime Team, and West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit.

As a result of the operation we made five arrests, seized two vehicles and reported two men for summons for driving offences.

Two men were arrested for conveying cannabis into a prison.

One man was arrested for providing a positive drug-drive (cocaine) and conveying steroids into a prison.

One man was arrested for conveying cannabis and a SIM card into a prison and possession of an offensive weapon.

One man was arrested for conveying an article into a prison cannabis and mamba.

One man was reported for summons for disqualified driving and no insurance.

South Staffordshire Deputy Commander Sgt Richard Gorman stated: "Today has been a fantastic opportunity for many agencies to work together conducting a high-visibility day of action around both HMP Featherstone and HMP Oakwood.

"This has been conducted in order to increase public reassurance for those visiting the prisons for lawful purposes and to help protect both prison officers and serving prisoners from harm within.

"The operation was extremely successful, with five people being arrested and two reported for offences. We have seized two vehicles, recovered a substantial quantity of drugs, cash, an offensive weapon and a SIM card. Following today`s success we intend to carry out these types of operations on a regular basis".

Contact details

For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Council Offices,
Wolverhampton Road,
South Staffordshire,

Tel: 01902 696000

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