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Drug inmates sneak in cell
phones in underwear: Minister

Drug inmates have devised many ways to sneak cell phones into prisons, in an attempt to carry out drug trade in prison, the law and human rights minister said Wednesday.

According to Minister Patrialis Akbar, inmates have even been known to secrete cell phones in their underwear, in many cases after the phones have been smuggled in hidden in food brought by their relatives.

"Raids on cell phones are conducted almost every day but new phones keep on re-appearing the day after the original ones have been confiscated," he said. "They [the inmates] are playing a cat-and-mouse game."

He added that the number of phones confiscated from inmates, such as those in Nusakambangan narcotics prison, were "very many."

"Cell phones have never been a facility granted to inmates," Patrialis concluded.

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