15 Oct 2020

Police confirm investigating reports of drug taking at prison

From Checkpoint, 5:47 pm on 15 October 2020

Police have confirmed they're investigating complaints of drug taking at a prison unit where child sex offenders live.

Te Korowai is based on the grounds, but outside the wire of Rimutaka prison, in Upper Hutt.

One resident - a convicted paedophile - has spoken to RNZ saying other residents are smoking synthetic cannabis while authorities turn a blind eye.

People nearby Rimutaka Prison say they're not surprised - while the local mayor says it's unnacceptable.

Our reporter Caleb Fotheringham took to the streets and filed this report.