Prison officers arrested on drug trafficking ring with crims at Barwon Prison


This comes as no surprise actually folks but the ramifications will be wide and far…MORE TO COME

UPDATE 11/07/12

EXCLUSIVE: KILLER bikie Christopher Wayne Hudson and one of Australia’s most feared hitmen were allegedly able to run a drug ring with corrupt guards inside Victoria’s most secure jail.

 

Three Barwon Prison officers were arrested during raids in Geelong and the northern suburbs yesterday, after an eight-month investigation. Two have since been charged with drug offences.

Sources close to the operation claim one of the guards, a 40-year-old man from Grovedale, had formed a close relationship with the two killers and had been monitored having long conversations in their cells, as well as passing notes and other items under their doors.

Authorities are also concerned about information passed between the cells and out of the prison.

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Hudson, a Hells Angel, is serving a minimum of 35 years in jail over the 2007 CBD shootings of father of three Brendan Keilar, who died, and Dutch backpacker Paul de Waard.

The contract killer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is serving 32 years for the murders of Dorothy and Ramon Abbey in 1987.

Charges against him over the murders of police informers Terence and Christine Hodson were dropped.

The veteran trigger man is linked to some of Australia’s most infamous underworld figures and is suspected of multiple murders.

Last night a 40-year-old Grovedale man was charged with trafficking a drug of dependence, misconduct in public office, possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing a prohibited weapon and possessing and using a drug of dependence, while a 40-year-old Norlane man was charged with possessing and using a drug of dependence.

Both were bailed to appear in the Geelong Magistrates’ Court on 26 September.

A 31-year-old female prison officer from Norlane was interviewed and released pending further inquiries.

A 46-year-old Norlane man and an 18-year-old Delahey man, who were not Corrections Victoria staff, were released pending further inquiries.

Operation Puli, run by Victoria Police drug taskforce detectives, started in November after intelligence was passed on by Corrections Victoria.

Houses were raided in the Geelong area and at Delahey, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, from 7am yesterday.

Cannabis and prescription medication were seized.

Victoria Police acting Deputy Commissioner Jeff Pope said the suspect behaviour was confined to Barwon Prison, the state’s highest-security prison.

“It does seem to be isolated to this core group of prison officers,” Mr Pope said.

“One or two of these guards has formed a relationship with a small group of inmates that is inappropriate.”

Acting Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard said the guards worked across the prison and were not restricted to one particular section

An aerial shot of Barwon Prison WHERE SCREWS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AMID A drug trafficking RING INSIDE THE PRISON!

UPDATE 3.15PM 10/07/12

Those arrested were a 40-year-old Grovedale man, a 31-year-old Norlane woman, a 41-year-old Norlane man and a 46-year-old Norlane man.

Victoria Police officers swooped on several properties in the Geelong region connected to Barwon Prison from 7am, completing searches a short time ago.

Four prison officers have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by police and Corrections Victoria which has linked guards to inmates.

PRISON officers accused of running a drug trafficking ring with criminals have been arrested in a series of co-ordinated raids.

Victoria Police officers swooped on several properties in the Geelong region connected to Barwon Prison from 7am, completing searches a short time ago.

The Herald Sun understands four prison officers have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by police and Corrections Victoria which has linked guards to inmates.

Barwon Prison, near Geelong, houses the state’s worst convicted criminals, among them influential organised crime figures.

Gangland killer Evangelos Goussis, drug boss Tony Mokbel, and middle-eastern crime gang members are all housed at Barwon Prison, however no identities of inmates connected to today’s raids have been revealed.

Inappropriate relationships between staff and inmates at Corrections Victoria’s jail are considered a major security risk.

Staff at Barwon came under unprecedented levels of scrutiny following the death of  Carl Williams.

More to come …

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Matthew Johnson's Jailhouse Letters from Acacia Unit-Barwon Prison


Well here are the letters you may have heard about, leading up to the murder of Carl  Williams (The Premier) from his  killer, Matthew Johnson (The General)

He  wrote  and received a lot of mail, some from the CBD killer Hells Angels member Christopher Wayne Hudson, Joe Manella, hit man Evangelos Goussis, as well as cell-mate at the time of Williams death, Tommy Ivanovic. Who was at times at another jail! It certainly shines a light on the inner thoughts and jail house politics in the Acacia Unit at Barwon Prison.

When you scroll down click on the first letter in the series, it will expand and all the rest are in order, just use the big arrows to navigate or press ESC to leave. Cheers

Matthew Johnson Jail house Letter Collage, scroll down to see individual letters

Matthew Johnson’s Jailhouse Letters from Acacia Unit-Barwon Prison


Well here are the letters you may have heard about, leading up to the murder of Carl  Williams (The Premier) from his  killer, Matthew Johnson (The General)

He  wrote  and received a lot of mail, some from the CBD killer Hells Angels member Christopher Wayne Hudson, Joe Manella, hit man Evangelos Goussis, as well as cell-mate at the time of Williams death, Tommy Ivanovic. Who was at times at another jail! It certainly shines a light on the inner thoughts and jail house politics in the Acacia Unit at Barwon Prison.

When you scroll down click on the first letter in the series, it will expand and all the rest are in order, just use the big arrows to navigate or press ESC to leave. Cheers

Matthew Johnson Jail house Letter Collage, scroll down to see individual letters

Ombudsman "Jail Failed Carl Williams" Family wants Big Compo plus!


UPDATE 19/04/12 Family to sue Corrections for ONE MILLION for pain and suffering, His EX Roberta, Daughter and stepdaughter as well as his old man George signed legal documents today. Opens a can of worms this does, but expected. You can’t go killing high-profile prisoners in jail under maximum security protection, and it not be noticed for 25 odd minutes! Hate him or not, the jail fucked up. They want compo, as well as the money he was going to get for turning witness for the cops, don’t forget the cops also paid a 750,000 tax bill for poor old George too as part of the previous deal…Crime does pay is some ways…

My other pages on this whole thing here

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2010/06/22/carl-williams-time-line/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2010/08/17/carl-williams-pictures-the-web-of-evil/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2010/10/19/matthew-johnson-killed-kid-over-50-drugs/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2010/10/19/carl-williams-death-accused-matthew-johnson-named/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2010/08/27/carl-williams-was-killed-almost-instantly-autopsy/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2010/12/09/matthew-johnson-committal-hearing-accused-of-murdering-carl-williams/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2011/09/09/carl-williams-murder-trial/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2011/09/29/matthew-johnson-found-guilty-of-murdering-carl-williams/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2011/12/08/matthew-johnson-gets-life-minimum-32-years/

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/carl-williams-report/

 

Ombudsman finds Corrections Victoria failed Carl Williams REPORT in PDF format  here  Carl_Williams_Apr_2012 or here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death behind bars

‘Life will mean life’

Carl’s killer guilty of murder

Matthew Johnson talks about Carl Williams

Prison life

Accused murderer’s prison phone call

Carl’s killer sentenced

Caged mad dog waited to go wild

Baillieu orders jails probe

Signs ignored of Carl on borrowed time

The claim comes a day after a scathing Ombudsman’s report revealed prison system bungling contributed to the fatal bashing.

A writ that could be served today – the anniversary of Williams’ murder – is expected to include a claim for benefits negotiated by the slain gangland killer in return for co-operating in a major criminal investigation.

The writ will be issued in the names of Williams’ father, George, his ex-wife Roberta, daughter Dhakota and stepdaughter, Breanane.

Top barrister Dyson Hore-Lacy, SC, has been engaged along with junior counsel.

“We are ready to commence proceedings but we have been waiting for the outcome of one of the investigations,” solicitor Nicole Spicer told the Herald Sun.
She said the Ombudsman’s findings had boosted the family’s case against Corrections Victoria.

The report revealed:

RISKS to Williams were raised with Justice Department secretary Penny Armytage as far back as January 2009.

TELEPHONE calls and letters from the prisoners closest to Williams were not acted on when they should have raised concern for his safety.

BARWON Prison’s intelligence system had major deficiencies and the CCTV system monitoring Williams was inadequate.

Read “The General” Matthew Johnson’s coded prison letters

ONE intelligence officer interviewed was shocked that Williams’ murderer, Matt Johnson, was allowed to be in the same cell.

JOHNSONS mail carried a logo depicting a man holding two pistols.

Ombudsman George Brouwer said: “Mr Williams’ death raises important questions as to how it is possible that a high-profile prisoner in Victoria’s highest-security prison unit could be killed with an unsecured metal pipe from an exercise bike, and that prison staff did not find out about the incident for some 27 minutes.”

Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said investigations into the killing were still running.

Taskforce Driver, one of five inquiries into the Williams murder, is investigating crime figures suspected of ordering the hit from outside prison.

Roberta Williams said she felt sad Dhakota would grow up without her father.

“It just saddens me that my daughter has no father and that Carl suffered the way he did, when they could’ve protected him a lot more than they did,” she told 3AW.

Carl Williams’s former lawyer, Rob Stary, said the authorities pandered to Williams because they needed his co-operation.

He said Corrections Victoria Deputy Commissioner Rod Wise had identified the danger, but nothing was done.

“They should have known the heightened sense of risk. Johnson was a leader of the POW (Prisoners of War) group. They knew all that. They are trying to deflect blame on someone else.

“They accommodated Carl and didn’t try to resist his requests,” he said.

In the Ombudsman’s report, a supervisor with the prison’s intelligence unit blamed Corrections Victoria, as well as Williams, stating that the drug lord had no “prison sense”.

He couldn’t understand how Corrections Victoria allowed Williams to be placed with a “prison thug” like Johnson.

“How they ever let it happen I will not know,” he said. “Basically … he was doomed.”

Corrections Commissioner Bob Hastings said his staff were not incompetent but there had been systemic failures that had been fixed since Williams died.

 

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Ombudsman “Jail Failed Carl Williams” Family wants Big Compo plus!


UPDATE 19/04/12 Family to sue Corrections for ONE MILLION for pain and suffering, His EX Roberta, Daughter and stepdaughter as well as his old man George signed legal documents today. Opens a can of worms this does, but expected. You can’t go killing high-profile prisoners in jail under maximum security protection, and it not be noticed for 25 odd minutes! Hate him or not, the jail fucked up. They want compo, as well as the money he was going to get for turning witness for the cops, don’t forget the cops also paid a 750,000 tax bill for poor old George too as part of the previous deal…Crime does pay is some ways…

My other pages on this whole thing here

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/carl-williams-time-line/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/carl-williams-pictures-the-web-of-evil/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/matthew-johnson-killed-kid-over-50-drugs/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/carl-williams-death-accused-matthew-johnson-named/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/carl-williams-was-killed-almost-instantly-autopsy/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/matthew-johnson-committal-hearing-accused-of-murdering-carl-williams/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/carl-williams-murder-trial/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/matthew-johnson-found-guilty-of-murdering-carl-williams/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/matthew-johnson-gets-life-minimum-32-years/

http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/carl-williams-report/

 

Ombudsman finds Corrections Victoria failed Carl Williams REPORT in PDF format  here  Carl_Williams_Apr_2012 or here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death behind bars

‘Life will mean life’

Carl’s killer guilty of murder

Matthew Johnson talks about Carl Williams

Prison life

Accused murderer’s prison phone call

Carl’s killer sentenced

Caged mad dog waited to go wild

Baillieu orders jails probe

Signs ignored of Carl on borrowed time

The claim comes a day after a scathing Ombudsman’s report revealed prison system bungling contributed to the fatal bashing.

A writ that could be served today – the anniversary of Williams’ murder – is expected to include a claim for benefits negotiated by the slain gangland killer in return for co-operating in a major criminal investigation.

The writ will be issued in the names of Williams’ father, George, his ex-wife Roberta, daughter Dhakota and stepdaughter, Breanane.

Top barrister Dyson Hore-Lacy, SC, has been engaged along with junior counsel.

“We are ready to commence proceedings but we have been waiting for the outcome of one of the investigations,” solicitor Nicole Spicer told the Herald Sun.
She said the Ombudsman’s findings had boosted the family’s case against Corrections Victoria.

The report revealed:

RISKS to Williams were raised with Justice Department secretary Penny Armytage as far back as January 2009.

TELEPHONE calls and letters from the prisoners closest to Williams were not acted on when they should have raised concern for his safety.

BARWON Prison’s intelligence system had major deficiencies and the CCTV system monitoring Williams was inadequate.

Read “The General” Matthew Johnson’s coded prison letters

ONE intelligence officer interviewed was shocked that Williams’ murderer, Matt Johnson, was allowed to be in the same cell.

JOHNSONS mail carried a logo depicting a man holding two pistols.

Ombudsman George Brouwer said: “Mr Williams’ death raises important questions as to how it is possible that a high-profile prisoner in Victoria’s highest-security prison unit could be killed with an unsecured metal pipe from an exercise bike, and that prison staff did not find out about the incident for some 27 minutes.”

Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said investigations into the killing were still running.

Taskforce Driver, one of five inquiries into the Williams murder, is investigating crime figures suspected of ordering the hit from outside prison.

Roberta Williams said she felt sad Dhakota would grow up without her father.

“It just saddens me that my daughter has no father and that Carl suffered the way he did, when they could’ve protected him a lot more than they did,” she told 3AW.

Carl Williams’s former lawyer, Rob Stary, said the authorities pandered to Williams because they needed his co-operation.

He said Corrections Victoria Deputy Commissioner Rod Wise had identified the danger, but nothing was done.

“They should have known the heightened sense of risk. Johnson was a leader of the POW (Prisoners of War) group. They knew all that. They are trying to deflect blame on someone else.

“They accommodated Carl and didn’t try to resist his requests,” he said.

In the Ombudsman’s report, a supervisor with the prison’s intelligence unit blamed Corrections Victoria, as well as Williams, stating that the drug lord had no “prison sense”.

He couldn’t understand how Corrections Victoria allowed Williams to be placed with a “prison thug” like Johnson.

“How they ever let it happen I will not know,” he said. “Basically … he was doomed.”

Corrections Commissioner Bob Hastings said his staff were not incompetent but there had been systemic failures that had been fixed since Williams died.

 

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