A 28-year-old woman has been sent to prison for nearly two years after admitting smuggling drugs into a Doncaster prison.
Emma Longden, formerly of Packman Road, Rotherham, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 27 December where she entered a guilty plea to conveying prohibited articles into a prison.
She was sentenced to 21-months in prison.
On Thursday 22 November, Longden was visiting a prisoner at HMP Marshgate in Doncaster. She was searched upon entering the prison and signed a declaration that she was not bringing any prohibited items into the prison.
A prison officer reported concerns not long after Longden’s visit, after observing the prisoner hiding a package under his clothing.
He was searched and within the package a quantity of Class A drugs were found, including heroin, crack and cocaine.
Detective Inspector Steve Smith from Doncaster CID said: “We work very closely with the prisons in Doncaster to set a zero tolerance stance to any individual who chooses to convey prohibited items.
“These items are dangerous and we hope court cases like this send a strong message to anyone thinking about trying to get banned items into a prison. You will be caught and put before the courts.
“In Longden’s case, she went from being a visitor to a prison inmate herself in less than 24-hours and now faces a 21-month prison sentence.”
Jerry Spencer, Serco’s Contract Director at HMP Doncaster, said: “We are very pleased that our watchful officers were successful in intercepting these illegal drugs. We are working hard to reduce and eradicate drugs and we have a zero tolerance towards anyone trying to smuggle them into the prison. We are continuously improving our defences using intelligence, technology and drug dogs.”