Man accused of trying to throw tennis ball filled with drugs over prison fence

A man has been charged after he allegedly tried to throw a tennis ball stuffed with meth and other illicit substances over the fence of a correctional facility in NSW.

Police say the 31-year-old man and another man were riding on an unregistered Yamaha motorcycle, which was believed to have been stolen, when they attempted to throw the ball over the wall of a correctional facility at Cessnock on Sunday afternoon.

“Officers from Corrective Services NSW’s Security Operations Group were conducting targeted surveillance at the complex when they sighted the two men,” NSW police said.


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It’s understood that when officers approached the pair, they fled at speed on the motorcycle and collided with a nearby tree.

Officers managed to restrain the 31-year-old man, however the other man fled into nearby bushland.

The 31-year-old was taken to Maitland Hospital before being transported to Maitland Police Station where he has since been charged with eight offences including supply prohibited drug (x2), bring etc prohibited drug/plant into place of detention and possess prohibited drug.

He has also been charged with goods in custody, enter inclosed land not prescribed premises without lawful excuse, take and drive conveyance without consent of owner and drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.

The man was formally refused bail at Newcastle Local Court on Monday and is due to appear at Cessnock Local Court today.

Police say enquiries are continuing.

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