Packages smuggled into Hawke’s Bay Prison by Trent Hill bore the initials of the inmates for whom they were intended. (File photo)
A prison guard caught trying to smuggle cannabis and tobacco into prison told police he was doing it because members of the Mongrel Mob told him.
Correctional officer Trent Hill, 46, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of cannabis, cannabis oil and methamphetamine and offenses under the Corrections Act in connection with an incident on June 4 in Last year.
Hill, a former police officer, had been a correctional officer for about seven years and worked at Hawke’s Bay Regional Jail.
He arrived at 7 a.m., parked his car, and walked to the prison gate. When he saw corrections staff being searched before entering, he quickly turned away and started walking towards his car.
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A member of the search team followed him and detained him before he could leave.
Hill was escorted into the jail where he pulled a packet from his sock containing tobacco.
He said he didn’t know what else was in the package, which he said he was told to bring into the jail by Mongrel Mob members.
Police arrived, arrested Hill and took him to Hastings Police Station, where two more packages were found hidden in his boots. These were found to contain cannabis.
When police searched Hill’s car, they found other packages of cannabis, cannabis oil, methamphetamine and tobacco. All were heavily wrapped in electrical tape and compressed.
Four of the packages had been coated in pot (or similar substance) and contained curry powder in an attempt to conceal them from the correctional dog used to detect contraband.
Some parcels bore initials to identify the prisoners to whom they were to be delivered.
Hill declined to make a statement.
He pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this month, when he lost his name deletion. He will be sentenced next month.