Former police commissioner brands prison smuggling '˜scandalous'

THE Prison Service has insisted it has a '˜zero tolerance' stance on drugs in prison after a gang was sentenced for smuggling contraband.

Thursday, 21st September 2017, 6:57 am
Former Hampshire police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes

Five members of the gang, run by two cellmates at Winchester prison, were sentenced to custody terms for their roles in bringing in phones and drugs to the jail.

In a statement issued after the sentencing, a Prison Service spokeswoman said: ‘We take a zero-tolerance approach to drugs in our prisons, and are clear that anyone found with contraband will be subject to disciplinary action and police investigations.

‘We are taking unprecedented action to stop the supply and use of drugs, including an innovative new drug testing programme, over 300 dogs to detect psychoactive substances, and making it a criminal offence to possess psychoactive substances in prison.

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‘We have also set up a specialist team of prison and police officers to tackle the threat of drones, and to bring to justice those bringing contraband into our prisons.

‘These reforms have seen 225kg of illicit drugs recovered from prisons in 2016 alone.’

The service is also hoping to increase staffing in the UK.