Ministry of Home Affairs Press Release on contraband find at Lusignan Prison

The Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Robeson Benn has been briefed by the Director of Prisons, Mr. Gladwin Samuels regarding the recent discovery of a quantity of prohibited items, inclusive of suspected narcotics, concealed in bread bins/containers at the Lusignan Prisons on November 17, 2020.

Based on the report from Mr. Samuels, about 14:50 hours on the day in question, two prisoners, under the supervision of a Prison Officer, were transporting four (4) bread bins from the Prison’s kitchen to the Holding Bay when the Gate Officer on duty conducted a search and unearthed the following prohibited items:

  • Five hundred and fifty-three (553) grams of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be Cannabis Sativa
  • Quantity of ‘Fronto’ leaves
  • One (1) Cartoon ‘slow burner’
  • Ten (10) packs of ‘Bamboo’
  • Quantity of Small zip lock bags
  • Fifteen (15) cartoons of cigarette
  • Five (5) lighters
  • One (1) Cellular phone charger
  • Four (4) packs Winter Fresh gums
  • One (1) Tropical Mist water bottle containing Five-year-old rum
  • One (1) Tropical Mist water bottle containing Guinness
  • One (1) small bottle vodka
  • One (1) bottle hard wine

The Police have since been called in and an investigation has been launched.

Additionally, three Officers, so far, are under specific investigation with respect to this incident.

While the police investigations are continuing, three Prison Officers have been charged departmentally for neglect of duty. However, these departmental charges will in no way prevent these Officers being charged criminally if the investigations find they were involved in the illegal act.