A police raid at the maximum security – by Greek standards – penitentiary of Korydallos, in the greater Piraeus area of southwest Athens netted drugs, mobile phones and other contraband on Thursday.

Authorities were tipped off that drugs were being trafficked out of the prison’s fourth wing, with a special K-9 unit used to search the specific section of the prison. Recovered cannabis, heroin, a precision scale, mobiles phones, a wireless router, a smart watch and other prohibited items were seized.

The raid at Korydallos is part of a larger crackdown on crime being spearheaded by new Minister of Citizens; Protection Michalis Chrisohoidis, which has been accompanied by the re-assignment of hundreds of police officers.

Korydallos served as the country’s main lockup for decades, although in recent years it was switched to house defendants on remand for felony charges, female inmates and at-risk prisoners.