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Kitchen smuggling ring smashed in Mountjoy Prison

NewsBy Patrick O'Connell
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Massive smuggling ring being operated by inmates out of Mountjoy Prison’s kitchen was smashed yesterday.

Search officers from the Prison Service’s Operational Support Group recovered eight large bars of cannabis resin, 15 mobile phones, three bottles of Jack Daniels whiskey, a quantity of phone charges, steroid tablets and a quantity of assorted other drugs in a dawn raid.

Sources said the search was ordered after an innocent staff member returning empty containers to the kitchen was stopped.

Two of the empty sauce containers cut open by officers were found to contain two bottles of Jack Daniels spirits.

Gardai were alerted and the staff member – who is completely innocent of involvement in the ring – gave a voluntary statement to gardai.

During the raid the huge haul of contraband was recovered.

A source revealed: “A massive smuggling ring was being operated out of the prison’s kitchen, supplying drugs, alcohol and contraband to inmates throughout the prison.

“It’s a massive seizure and represents a huge blow to the smuggling of contraband within the prison. It has long been suspected that the kitchen was a major distribution point for contraband in the prison.”

A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service confirmed the seizure yesterday, adding: “All inmates working in the kitchen will be questioned as part of an Irish Prison Service probe into the discovery.”

“The contraband has been handed over to gardai for a criminal investigation.”