A prison officer has been arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs and mobile phones into a jail concealed inside balloons.
The officer, 50, was arrested at the South Coast Correctional Centre in Nowra, on the NSW south coast on Thursday, following an extensive investigation.
Police seized two mobile phones from his car before uncovering a methylamphetamine (ice) and heroin in his Shoalhaven home.
Police allege the corrections officer trafficked three packages into the jail in exchange for up to $6,400 from the family of inmates.
The 50-year-old man was arrested at the South Coast Correctional Centre in Nowra, in south coast NSW on Thursday following an extensive investigation
These packages are alleged to also contain mobile phones and illegal drugs.
NSW Police released images of the alleged drugs, which were wrapped tightly in balloons, and a Samsung mobile phone with a sim card stuck to the back with tape.
He was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with agent corruptly receive benefit, holder of public office misconduct and recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.
The media spokeswoman for NSW Corrective Services said the officer has been suspended from duty.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at Nowra Local Court on Monday.
Police officers seized two mobile phones from the man’s car and searched his Shoalhaven where they allegedly found drugs believed to be methylamphetamine (ice) and heroin