10s of thousands of dollars have been allegedly confiscated from the cell of incarcerated Dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta, and prison authorities have denied any knowledge of the occurrence.
According to the reports, the amount that was confiscated from the deejay at the Tower Hill correctional facility, where he is staying is said to be away least $100,000.
The Jamaica Gleaner who had sources who spoke to them about the matter said that some of the correctional officers at the facility were taken off patrol duties, and sent In sections to work which saw them allegedly searching the entertainer’s cell and confiscating the money, only for it to later go missing.
According to the source who gave information on the matter, the wardens on duty play a big part in bringing contraband items in the prison, whereas at other times they will use other wardens to do the dirty work or have prisoners charged. In extreme cases where the wardens are not able to get what they want, according to the source, they confiscate things.
In response to the finding of the money in the “Shook” deejay’s cell, he has been moved to another area, which is currently being intensely surveyed in case of any contraband smuggling.
Several high ranking persons in the department of Corrections such as Monique Pryce the director of Corporate Communications and Public relations and Arlington Turner, the chairman of Jamaica Federation of Corrections have been contacted on the situation but have all denied knowing about the matter.
Over the years the Department of Correctional Services has made increasing efforts to stop the smuggling of items such as liquor, drugs and cell phones in the prison system since it has become a major issue.
According to Senator Matthew Samuda, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of security, Just last year alone, 2300 cell phones were said to be confiscated in the prison system and as such, they have decided to take the route of legal amendments to make the possession of smuggled items in correctional facilities criminalised.