Man who tried to pass cannabis to prisoners is jailed

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A DRUG addict caught trying to smuggle cannabis into a prison by passing it over a wall has been jailed.

Kevin Wilcox, from Gosport, was found with cannabis in his pocket outside Winchester Prison in December last year.

Inside, prison guards found two inmates trying to throw a line of dental floss out of a nearby toilet window.

Wilcox, 41, was jailed for 18 months by a judge at Winchester Crown Court yesterday.

He said the cannabis was payment to an inmate for looking after his son, who was also a prisoner.

Natalie Wood, prosecuting, said: ‘There had been a prior arrangement for these drugs to be passed into the prison on the day and time in question.

‘Prison inmates were known to throw lines out of prison to get it over the wall.

‘That is exactly what happened. When officers went into the toilet they saw two inmates.’

Wilcox, of Hartington Road, Gosport, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a class B drug.

The 41-year-old committed the offence while on bail for two other offences.

He also pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of a class C drug and cashing a Giro cheque that wasn’t his.

Robert Pawson, defending, said: ‘He has never before supplied drugs and is ashamed of it. He has been a habitual class A drug addict.

‘He has three sons, two of whom are good as gold, one of whom has followed both Mr Wilcox and Mr Wilcox’s father in criminality.

‘His son crossed the wrong people when he went into prison and was under some threat that Mr Wilcox believed was real. Someone in the prison said they would look out for him but only if they provided him with cannabis.

‘He was picked up in the morning, given the telephone and the drugs and dropped off outside the prison.

‘There was a lack of sophistication.’

The court heard Wilcox had 36 previous convictions for 87 offences including theft, possession of drugs and burglary.

Judge Guy Boney QC said: ‘You were involved in a fairly organised effort to get cannabis into the prison.

‘You played a pivotal role in getting it in. Importation of drugs into prison is a very serious matter.

‘It simply has to be met with an immediate and strong custodial sentence.’