Phones, Tobacco Smuggled Into Prisons In Soccer Balls

Police have busted prison inmates attempting to smuggle a haul of tobacco and mobile phones inside soccer balls.

It was almost a goal for inmates at a facility in Windsor, west of Sydney, who had a cunning plan to sneak soccer balls packed with tobacco and mobile phones into a minimum security prison.

The balls were hauled over the outer fence of John Morony Correctional Complex but soon caught out by guards inside the “sterile zone” in the perimeter fence of the prison on Friday.

The discovery was made in the early hours of the morning after guards cut open the balls and found 15 packets of tobacco, 94 cigarette packages of papers, seven phones and SIM cards.

The contraband found inside the soccer balls.

A cigarette lighter, phone chargers and two phone headsets were also found in the contraband.

The stash was found packed inside a small opening that had been cut into the three soccer balls and closed with glue.

The three soccer balls were thrown over the prison's fence.

Two prisoners who tried to retrieve the soccer balls have been segregated from the rest of the population and could be charged, according to Corrective Services NSW.

Investigations into the smuggle are continuing, with penalties of up to two years’ imprisonment.

The entrance to the prison, where the contraband was smuggled.

Acting Commissioner Rosemary Caruana said officers regularly conduct inspections for contraband.

"Officers are well-trained to detect contraband and have done a great job of staying one step ahead of the inmates in this instance by identifying the soccer balls as a potential risk and successfully intercepting the contraband," she said in a statement.

Corrective services staff undertake targeted  and random searches for contraband on a daily basis with the help of elite dog units.