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Prison Drugs Found Hidden In Homemade Greeting Card

A prescription drug used to treat heroin addiction has been found hidden inside a "Thinking of You" card sent to an inmate at a women's jail in Sydney.

Officers at the Silverwater correctional centre became suspicious in May after noticing the spine of the card addressed to the prisoner was slightly detached.

They allegedly found 12 buprenorphine strips, weighing 0.6 grams, after they pulled away the inner paper from the cardboard backing of the card.

Corrective Services NSW officers are increasingly finding strips of the drug hidden inside greetings cards delivered to prison inmates. Photo: AAP

Buprenorphine, or "bupe", is a prescription heroin-replacement drug.

It can be worth about $200 per strip in a maximum-security centre.

"Someone was thinking of this inmate in completely the wrong way," Governor Paula Quarrie said in a statement on Wednesday.

"My staff did a great job to locate these drugs before they could get into the wrong hands."

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Corrective Services NSW recorded about 100 incidents of contraband found in letters, cards, parcels or other mail sent to inmates in 2018. Buprenorphine was the most common.

Bupe strips have recently been discovered behind a tracking sticker and in the side seams of an express post envelope, as well as inside a homemade greeting card.

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Corrective Services NSW commissioner Peter Severin said it was important for inmates to stay in touch with friends and family through letters.

"But this kind of behaviour jeopardises their chances of rehabilitation," Severin said.