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