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Search finds PS40,000 of drugs in prison.

DRUGS worth an estimated PS40,000 were found at a "very unsafe" prison, an inspection report has revealed.

Security searches also led to the discovery of 350 litres of illicitly-brewed alcohol known as "hooch" at HMP Garth over the Christmas period.

The training prison in Lancashire holds more than 800 adult males.

A report on the jail from HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) noted that the drug strategy committee at the establishment was "much improved".

It said: "Security searching had yielded several considerable finds: 350 litres of hooch had been found over the Christmas period alone and there had been a recent find of an estimated PS40,000 worth of assorted drugs."

The assessment continued: "Despite a co-ordinated effort to reduce drug supply and demand, very high levels of finds, positive random mandatory drug testing rates and our survey all pointed to a high level of availability of illicit drugs, including new psychoactive substances, diverted medication and illicitly brewed alcohol.

"In our survey, almost half the population said that it was easy to get drugs at the prison, and approximately one in five said that they had developed a drug problem while there - both of which were higher than at the time of the previous inspection."

The report described NPS - previously known as legal highs - as "particularly problematic".

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