Rotherham woman jailed after smuggling heroin and cocaine into Doncaster prison

A woman who smuggled heroin, crack and cocaine into a Doncaster prison has been jailed for almost two years.

Emma Longden
Emma Longden

Emma Longden, 28, formerly of Packman Road, Rotherham, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, December 27 where she entered a guilty plea to conveying prohibited articles into a prison.

She was sentenced to 21-months in prison.

Emma Longden

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The charges came after Longden visited a prisoner at HMP Marshgate in Doncaster on November 22.

Police said 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.

Det Insp 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.'