Prison officer arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling

Three people have been arrested in connection with the investigation

Three people including a prison officer have been arrested as part of an investigation into the smuggling of drugs into Maghaberry Prison.

A 23 year-old prison officer was arrested this morning on suspicion of involvement in the supply of Class A and B drugs, as well as prescription medication into the prison.

He has been taken to Musgrave Police Station for questioning.

Two women, aged 55 and 26 were also arrested following searches of properties in Lisburn and Dungannon as part of the ongoing investigation.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Brian Foster said: “During the searches in HMP Maghaberry and in the Lisburn and Dungannon areas today, detectives seized a quantity of suspected Class A and Class B controlled drugs and drugs paraphernalia.”

“This operation is a good example of how collaborative working can disrupt crime and also demonstrates our commitment to Keeping People Safe by removing harmful drugs from society.

“We will continue to work closely with the Prison Service to clamp down on the trafficking of illicit drugs into prisons.”

Ronnie Armour, the head of the Northern Ireland Prison Service welcomed the arrest.

“Removing dangerous drugs from Maghaberry will help to keep staff and prisoners safe,” he said.

“I would commend everyone involved in this operation.”