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What's wrong with this card? Prison guards seize seemingly innocent love letter and find secret stash of drugs that would sell for $2,400 behind bars

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 5 days ago Charlie Moore For Daily Mail Australia

a close up of a box: A card (pictured) reading 'thinking of you' was sent to a woman in Silverwater jail in western Sydney © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A card (pictured) reading 'thinking of you' was sent to a woman in Silverwater jail in western Sydney Drugs are being smuggled into prisons inside greetings cards.

A card reading 'thinking of you' was sent to a woman in Silverwater jail in western Sydney. 

Guards became suspicious when they noticed the spine of the card was slightly detached. 

a close up of a piece of paper: Guards became suspicious when they noticed the spine of the card (pictured) was slightly detached © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Guards became suspicious when they noticed the spine of the card (pictured) was slightly detached

They dismantled it and found 12 strips of bupe, a powerful opioid prescribed to replace heroin. 

One strip of bube, which users place on their tongues or smoke, can sell for $200 behind bars.

Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre Governor Paula Quarrie said guards found 12 buprenorphine strips, weighing 0.6g.

'Someone was thinking of this inmate in completely the wrong way,' she said.

'My staff did a great job to locate these drugs before they could get into the wrong hands.' 

In recent weeks guards have seized four such greetings cards at Long Bay, Lithgow and Dillwynia correctional centres. 

a close up of text on a white background: Guards dismantled the card (pictured) and found 12 strips of bupe, a powerful opioid prescribed to replace heroin

Guards dismantled the card (pictured) and found 12 strips of bupe, a powerful opioid prescribed to replace heroin
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

Last year guards in New South Wales found 100 letters or cards with drugs inside.

Bupe was the most common drug seized, more popular than amphetamines or marijuana.  

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said drugs must be kept out of prisons to help inmates.

'It's important that inmates stay in touch with families and friends through letters, but this kind of behaviour jeopardises their chances of rehabilitation,' he said.    

In some instances, the contents of letters are handed to NSW Police for investigation.

The sender's name and return address are fake in the majority of cases. 

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said drugs must be kept out of prisons to help inmates. Pictured: The stash of bupe that was found in the card © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said drugs must be kept out of prisons to help inmates. Pictured: The stash of bupe that was found in the card

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