Contraband down at Magilligan prison
The number of contraband items seized at Magilligan prison has halved from 311 in 2010 to just 158 in 2011 although drugs, bongs, knives and booze were once again amongst the material seized by prison officers at the jail last year.
Justice Minister David Ford revealed in the Londonderry Sentinel that there were 34 drugs seizures as well as eight seizures of drug related items and eight seizures of improvised smoking devices.
Other seizures included 31 mobile phones, 14 inappropriate posters/materials, seven games console/digiboxes, seven TVs and radios each, six blades/knives, and four items of alcohol.
Last year prison officers recorded 158 contraband seizures at the prison between February 2011 and February 2012 - down on 311 in 2010 and on 285 finds in 2009.