Police reveal Doncaster prison crackdown after drug-dealing is exposed
Police have revealed they are cracking down on crime inside jails after a prison officer and an inmate have been brought to justice over a drug-dealing enterprise.
Sheffield Crown Court heard on February 12 how prison officer Hannah Fulcher, aged 21, who worked at HMP Moorland, in Doncaster, became involved with inmate Ryan Doyle and agreed to collect and deliver ecstasy drugs for him.
Giles Bridge, prosecuting, explained Doyle, aged 30, supplied MDMA to inmates and his 23-year-old sister Sharnah Doyle banked and transferred money received from others known to the inmates.
Fulcher placed the drugs in the prison laundry room, according to Mr Bridge, and she bought a sim card and placed it in a laundry bin for Ryan Doyle when he had asked her to bring in cocaine.
Following the hearing, Detective Constable Mark Parry said: “Our investigation began in 2018, when prison staff at HMP Moorland notified us that Fulcher had been seen on CCTV loitering around Ryan Doyle’s jail cell.”
Det Con Parry added: “We work closely with our colleagues in the prison service to tackle criminality inside Doncaster’s prisons. Both the Doyle siblings and Fulcher acted outside the law and I am pleased they have now been convicted.
“Fulcher’s role is especially disappointing – as a prison officer, her job is to uphold the law and instead, she chose to blatantly disregard her responsibilities and committed criminal offences.”
Fulcher, of Westgate, Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office, conspiring to supply class A drugs and conspiring to convey an illegal device into prison.
Ryan Doyle, of HMP Doncaster, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply class A drugs, conspiring to convey an illegal device into prison, and transferring criminal property.
Sharnah Doyle, of Chesterton Street, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to transferring criminal property and admitted producing cannabis after police found cannabis plants at her home.
Judge Peter Kelson QC jailed Ryan Doyle for eight years, Fulcher for five years and Sharnah Doyle for six months before a mob from the public gallery descended on the dock and security staff and police were forced to restore order.