Police say a Corrections officer patrolling the outer perimeters of the prison found four Hawke’s Bay men in a vehicle “extremely close to the fence line on private property”.
Two of the men were quickly caught, with the other two making a dash for freedom, said Detective Sergeant Darren Pritchard of Hawke’s Bay Police.
The other two men were found with a number of “well-constructed packages” that contained amounts of tobacco, cannabis, methamphetamine and nicotine patches, Mr Pritchard said.
They’ve been charged with attempting to introduce contraband into the prison.
Acting Prison Director Nephi Hall says preventing contraband from entering prisons is a key priority for Corrections.
“Contraband can compromise the safety of staff, visitors and prisoners. It can also prevent prisoners from engaging in rehabilitation programmes, education and employment opportunities,” Mr Hall said.
“We use a range of methods to prevent items being introduced into prisons, and anyone who tries can expect to be caught and held accountable.”
People found guilty of introducing contraband into prison are liable for up to three months imprisonment or a fine of up to $2,000.
Depending on what the contraband is, criminal charges may also apply.