Phones, modems found during search at Portlaoise Prison
Operation in unit housing subversive prisoners yields more than 30 mobiles
More than 30 mobile phones have been found during a search operation at Portlaoise Prison today. File photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times.
More than 30 mobile phones were found during a search operation at Portlaoise Prison today.
The Irish Prison Service said the search began at about 7am in the prison’s E Block, which is where “subversive prisoners” are held.
As well as the 37 mobile phones, a number of modems and USB keys were also been found.
It said the search was “intelligence led” and was led by the Operational Support Group, a group of specially-trained prison officers.
“For operational and security reasons no further comment will be made at this stage,” a spokesman for the Irish Prison Service said.