Prison visitor locked-up after being caught trying to smuggle drugs into Doncaster jail

A prison visitor has been put behind bars after he was caught by a sniffer-dog trying to smuggle cannabis into a jail.
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Sheffield Crown Court heard on January 19 how Daryl Williams, aged 28, of no fixed abode, was caught trying to pass 52.4 grammes of the class B controlled drug to an inmate he was visiting at HMP Doncaster.

Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting, said Williams was seen by a prison officer who was with a search dog which showed an interest in Williams.

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CCTV also captured Williams putting a hand down his trousers, according to Mr Outhwaite, and taking out a package and transferring it to an inmate who put it in his waistband.

Pictured is HMP Doncaster.Pictured is HMP Doncaster.
Pictured is HMP Doncaster.

The defendant initially denied the offence and claimed he had passed a food item to the inmate and he had not seen the package before.

However Williams, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to conveying a prohibited item into HMP Doncaster in March, 2019.

Andrew Petterson, defending, said Williams has no convictions for drug trafficking and he has never received a custodial sentence before and his last previous offence dates back to 2017.

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Judge Rachael Harrison told Williams: “Taking drugs into prison undermines the good order of the prison.”

She added that taking drugs into prisons leads to bullying, debt problems and violence and it is a much more serious offence than dealing drugs outside of prisons.

Judge Harrison sentenced Williams to six months of custody.

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