Care packages to NT quarantine hotel banned after 'small quantity of cannabis found in food'Posted by On


Care package deliveries to hotel guests in quarantine will soon be banned in Alice Springs after police said they uncovered a drug smuggling attempt.

Care packages have never been allowed in the Howard Springs Facility in Darwin, but that has not been the case at the Todd Facility in Alice Springs.

Guests could have food delivered from local cafes and friends and family could drop off coffee, food and amenities.

A spokesperson for NT Police said that “a small quantity of cannabis was detected in a package” during a “routine inspection” last week.

No-one has been charged over the incident and investigations are ongoing.

The ABC understands the drugs were detected inside food.

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Ash Steel said it was disappointing that care packages would no longer be allowed at the Todd Facility.(ABC News: Samantha Jonscher)

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Ash Steel, a former resident of Alice Springs who has returned to the centre for work after moving to Melbourne, has been in quarantine at the Todd…

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