As the Guyana Prison Service continues its quest to stamp out corruption, the route to success has been spiced up with prison officers now being rewarded with incentives valuing as much as $25,000 to expose criminal activities.Director of Prisons, Gladwin SamuelsThis was announced on Monday by Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, via a statement to the media.“The Ministry of Public Security and the Guyana Prison Service would like to see officers speak out on corruption at all levels. As such, Officers are encouraged to help in this fight. For all those officers who come forward with details that can result in detection and prosecution, they will be given an incentive of between $15,000 (and) $25,000,” he said.The Director’s statements come at a time when the smuggling of contraband into prisons has peaked in recent days. Last Saturday, the Joint Services carried out a countrywide search at the various penitentiaries. The raids were conducted at the Georgetown, Lusignan, Mazaruni, New Amsterdam, and Timehri prisons.The six-and-a-half-hour-long exercise, which commenced at 06:00h, resulted in the discovery of over 275 contraband items, ranging from weapons and cellphones to homemade wine and pepper sauce.A full list of the contraband found included 28 cellular phones; in excess of 30 cellphone chargers and batteries; six USB cables; four SIM cards; a memory card; and four earplugs; along with a quantity of cigarettes and cannabis; 84 cigarette lighters; ashtrays, and 20 smoking utensils.In addition, over 65 improvised weapons, five pairs of scissors, a staple machine and a quantity of razor blades, nails, wire, sand paper and small boulders were found. The ranks also unearthed 24 metal spoons, a tattoo machine, two mirrors, playing cards, as well as bottles of homemade wine and pepper sauce.Except for the Lusignan Prison, there was no other incident during the exercise. At the East Coast Demerara penitentiary, inmates in the Holding Bay hurled stones and other objects at the Police and prison ranks; however there were no injuries reported.Contraband smuggling has long been a perennial problem within the local prison system, and this is compounded by the fact that both prison and Police Officers are facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be “big business”.While the authorities have been struggling to curb the illegal practice, there has been a breakthrough in the apparent network among rogue officers. In fact, only last week, two prison ranks were fingered in contraband smuggling at two separate facilities.One of the officers was caught on camera with a parcel containing 1032 grams marijuana and 39 packs of cigarettes, which was thrown over the fence at the New Amsterdam Prison and been hidden in the facility’s kitchen. He later admitted to committing the act.The other rank was taken into custody after an inmate at the Timehri Prison was found with a container of 584 grams of marijuana in the compound. The prisoner said he was given the narcotic by the officer, who has since denied the allegation.Meanwhile, last month, four Prison officers were arrested after they smuggled a bottle of rum and a pack of cigarettes into the Lusignan Prison the weekend prior.These officers were subsequently charged and interdicted from duty.Furthermore, five other Prison officers were relieved of their duties back in July after they were fingered in an incident wherein a parcel containing cannabis had been thrown into the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay area.
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2. Tottenham Hotspur ended a 43-game winless run against Liverpool at Anfield in January 1985 – Spurs win at Anfield in the 1984/85 season was their first since 1912. Gareth Crooks netted the winner on Merseyside, just days after Tottenham had lost to Manchester United at White Hart Lane. The north London outfit went on to finish third in the First Division, level on points with second place Liverpool. 4 1. West Ham ended a 44-game winless run v Liverpool at Anfield in August 2015 – The Hammers put three past Liverpool without reply at the start of the season to end their winless run at Anfield that dated back to 1963. Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble, who was later shown a red card, and Diafra Sakho got their names on the scoresheet. Philippe Coutinho was also dismissed in a game Slaven Bilics men dominated from start to finish. 4 4. Ipswich Town ended a 33-game winless run v Liverpool at Anfield in January 1995 – click the arrow above, right, to see three games featuring the longest run without away wins – Adam Tanner scored the winner against Liverpool, in what was The Tractor Boys first ever victory at Anfield and their opponents first home defeat of the 1994/95 campaign. The result was a blow to the Reds’ title hopes, and they went on to finish fourth, 15 points off champions Blackburn Rovers. 4 4 Stoke City may have been dumped out of the League Cup, but their 1-0 win in 90 minutes at Anfield ended a lengthy winless run away from home.Despite losing the tie on penalties, the Potters’ won the game and saw the streak, stretching back 36 games, come to an end.With this in mind, talkSPORT looks at the top four games to feature the longest runs without an away victory in all competitions – and they all have one intimidating stadium in common.Find out the clashes by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 3. Stoke City ended their 36-game winless run against Liverpool at Anfield in January 2016 – Before their victory over 90 minutes at Anfield, the Potters had failed to beat the Reds away from home for 36 games. Out of Stokes 67 meetings on Merseyside since 1895, in all competitions, they have been victorious on just three occasions. Their last victory at Anfield was in the 1958/59 Second Division season.