Irish prisons most commonly confiscated items

Irish prisons most commonly confiscated items

THE Irish Prison Service has set up a confidential hotline for people to anonymously report smuggling in Ireland's jails.

The new service is being introduced in a bid to reduce the number of harmful substances and items making their way past prison security.

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) made 986 drug seizures in 2014 and 418 seizures so far this year.

The most commonly found contraband items include homemade metal weapons, including double edged razor blades which prevent the victim’s wounds being stitched, leaving a permanent scar.

Meanwhile, prescribed medication has taken over from heroin as the most common drug found in prisons.

The new initiative was launched yesterday (July 6) at Dublin Castle and the IPS released picture of some of the most commonly seized items.

The anti-trafficking telephone line will be open from 8am to 8pm at 1800 855 717.

Here are some of the items confiscated from Mountjoy Prison.