A former prison officer at Leeds prison has been jailed for eight months after admitting to smuggling drugs to an inmate.
Jade Hicks, 35, formerly of Regent Street, Hemsworth, Pontefract, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on 27 December 2018, where she pleaded guilty to conveying cannabis and Subutex in Doncaster Marshgate prison. The class B and C controlled drugs had a prison value of over £1000.
Hicks worked at HMP Leeds until February 2018 and stayed in contact with a male prisoner - who she had initially met in a professional capacity – after her employment there ended.
Hicks began to visit the male when he was transferred to HMP Doncaster. On 11 October 2018, Hicks was visiting the male prisoner and was seen on CCTV removing articles from her clothing and passing them to the male prisoner. She was subsequently detained by the prison staff and later charged and remanded in custody.
Hicks was sentenced to an eight-month custodial sentence.
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.”
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