Shellharbour officer on drug supply charges

A Shellharbour man has been changed with trafficking drugs and other contraband into the Nowra prison where he worked.

The 43-year-old South Coast Correctional Centre employee was searched by Strike Force Kubax officers on Tuesday morning when he arrived at the Nowra prison complex to start work.

Police will allege they located 150 tablets in a heat sealed pack during the search.

Officers subsequently searched the man’s Shellharbour home, where they will allege they located cash and drugs.

The man was taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station and charged with two counts of trafficking drugs into a correctional centre, two counts of corruptly receive benefit, two counts of supplying prohibited drugs and possessing prohibited drug and goods in custody.

Investigations into the case began earlier this year, police said, when the Corrective Services Investigation Unit began looking at claims that prohibited drugs, prescription drugs and various items of contraband were being introduced into the correctional centre in return for payment.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Port Kembla Local Court on August 6.