20 Dec 2010

Samoa changes prison food delivery options

2:04 pm on 20 December 2010

The police in Samoa have banned relatives and friends of prisoners from directly delivering food for inmates at the main Tafa'igata prison.

This comes after cannabis and wires were found in a loaf of bread for a prisoner.

The spokesman and assistant police commissioner, Leaupepe Fatu Pula, says some of the food parcels were delivered to the prison gate by family members and the practice will be stopped.

In a policy change, every food item will now be examined before being handed to prison warders.

Leaupepe says the wires found in the loaf of bread were suspected to be used for a telephone connection or an escape.