A Nottingham man who was caught throwing knives, drugs and mobile phones concealed in socks into a prison, has been jailed.
The five packages were thrown over the perimeter wall at HMP Nottingham on one occasion in April. Concealed inside the sports socks were two lock knives, 20 mobile phones, sim cards, USB chargers, quantities of cannabis, cocaine and heroin, paper soaked in a psychoactive drug, tobacco and rolling papers.
CCTV captured the incident and Jamie Woodward was identified by Nottinghamshire Police officers as the culprit. On arrest the 22-year-old was also found in possession of cannabis.
Further enquiries by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) found Woodward had made prior arrangements about what items (worth more than £42,000 in prison) were going to be included in the packages in exchange for £400.
Woodward, of Wheatacre Road in Clifton, previously pleaded guilty to five counts of conveying prohibited articles into a prison, and possession of a Class B drug.
On Monday 19 August 2019 at Nottingham Crown Court he was sentenced. As he jailed Woodward for seven years, HHJ Steven Coupland said: ‘People need to learn that if they take part in serious offences like these the consequences will be serious for them’
EMSOU Detective Sergeant Charlie Nicholls said: “I cannot overstate the seriousness of Jamie Woodward’s actions. To give some of society’s most violent individuals access to weapons, is tantamount to assisting any subsequent violence committed with them. Had the knives got into the wrong hands and then been used in an attack against an inmate or member of prison staff he would have been facing much longer in jail.
“What may have seemed like an easy few quid to him, could have resulted in someone else’s death.
“We work very hard with the Prison Service to keep weapons, drugs and phones out of prisons. If you see any suspicious activity around the perimeter of a prison, or have any information about plots to smuggle illicit goods inside, call us.”
Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Throwing knives into a prison is an incredibly dangerous thing to do and Woodward will have known perfectly well that they would have gone on to be used for violence or to cause fear of violence.
“Nottinghamshire Police treats knife crime extremely seriously and, through Operation Scorpion, we take a very proactive approach to tackling the issue and will seek to put people who carry or use knives before the courts at the earliest opportunity.”
A Prison Service spokesperson said: “We cannot allow our prisons to become factories for making bad people worse, which is why the Prime Minister has committed an extra £100 million to crack down on crime behind bars.
“This cash will help stop the drugs, weapons and the mobile phones coming in, so we can safeguard victims, protect staff, cut violence and make our prisons properly equipped to reform and rehabilitate.”