St. John’s Antigua- An island-wide operation, including a search at the prison, was a success for police yesterday as several wanted men have been detained and illegal substances seized.
While police have not released an official statement about the operation outside the jail, sources said at least three individuals wanted for questioning in St John’s and Parham were nabbed yesterday and undisclosed quantities of cannabis were unearthed from several areas.
Inside the prison a raid that began at 4 am and ended at 10 am, yielded close to 100 grammes of cannabis, 116 lighters, 54 wooden “Donkey” pipes, 10 cellular phone chargers, five cellular phones and a BlackBerry smartphone, five flash drives and sharp implements.
Other prohibited items found inside the prison included knives, scissors, nails, razors, screwdrivers and cigarette wrapping paper.
The Special Services Unit (SSU) executed the operation inside the jail.
According to the police, the search of the prison ventured into the maximum security block as well as the block where prisoners were on remand.
It was within the remand block the aforementioned items were found.
Three prisoners, who will face charges before a magistrate on Monday, were arrested and charged with possession of cannabis after 94 grammes of the class B drug were discovered in a cell they shared.
All three men are already serving time for varying offences.
The jailhouse operation also saw the raid of the cell where Deon “Ticks” Thomas was held prior to his sudden death Thursday.
Efforts to reach Prison Superintendent Percy Adams proved futile.