Officers from Dorset Police and HM Prison Service carried out a joint operation at HMP Portland to stop prohibited items entering the prison
The intelligence-led operation involved police and prison officers searching visitors of serving HMP Portland prisoners to detect prohibited items and to arrest and prosecute offenders.
During the operation, 58 prison visitors were searched, which initiated a number of closed visits preventing the passing of contraband.
Officers also searched incoming vehicles. One vehicle was seized and three fixed penalty notices were issued for Road Traffic offences.
Acting Detective Chief Inspector John Foster, of Dorset Police’s Intelligence Department, said: “The problem of drugs and mobile phones entering the prison through prisoner visits has a destabilising effect on the good order and discipline within the prison.
“It creates a lucrative market inside the prison allowing criminality to flourish and the continuation of links to organised crime in the outside world. It also fuels addiction and makes it extremely difficult to prevent reoffending upon release.
“This proactive operation sends a very clear message to prisoners, their visitors and the public that Dorset Police and HM Prison Service will deal robustly with the criminal offences of bringing drugs, phones and other contraband into the prison.”
Governor Matthew Shepherd, Head of Security and Operations at HMP Portland, said the operation would improve both safety and stability within the prison.