As part of a Joint Services operation aimed at stemming the current crime problem and rooting out a reported “credible domestic threat”, members of the Police Force and Guyana Defence Force launched an early morning search at the Georgetown and New Amsterdam prisons.
The searches were launched simultaneously and started just after 5:00am.
At the Georgetown prison, the cordon around the prison was extended as Police and GDF members kept watch on the outside while their colleagues carried out the searches on the inside.
Families bringing care items and food for inmates were informed of the searches and were forced to wait.
News Source understands that several illegal items were discovered during the early morning searches including cellphones, marijuana and improvised weapons as well as sim cards.
Earlier this year, a similar search unearthed similar illegal items and the Prison Service has found itself in a battle to keep the items from being smuggled into the prisons. It has been suspected that some prison officers might be assisting the convicts and remand prisoners to get access to the items from the outside.
The discoveries as a result of this morning’s searches could lead to a shake up again in the security of the two prisons.