'Members of the public bring drugs into prisons'

EWN has obtained video footage of St Albans prisoners smoking what’s believed to be mandrax.

An exclusive look inside one of South Africa's prisons as inmates smoke mandrax. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Officials at Port Elizabeth's St Albans Prison say it's difficult to prevent drugs from being smuggled into the facility.

Eyewitness News has obtained video footage of inmates smoking what's believed to be mandrax.

St Albans prison commissioner Mandla Jam says there are two ways in which drugs find their way into the prison.

"You have offenders that go to court, and you have offenders that are working around here and then they get these things."

Jam says prisoners get the drugs and cellphones from members of the public and then hide the goods inside their bodies.

In a video, sent exclusively to Eyewitness News , St Albans prisoners can be seen smoking what's believed to mandrax, while others gamble with stash of dagga at stake.