Thursday 23 February 2017

Man jailed for smuggling banned items to prisoners at Wormwood Scrubs

A fishing line was used to smuggle contraband to prisoners at HMP Wormwood Scrubs
A fishing line was used to smuggle contraband to prisoners at HMP Wormwood Scrubs

A man who used a fishing line to smuggle forbidden paraphernalia over a prison wall has been sentenced to jail, police said.

Karl Jensen, 27, used a wash-bag tied to a fishing line to sneak items including a McDonald's McMuffin, a plastic Kinder Surprise egg containing five mobile Sim cards, a bottle of vodka and a number of USB chargers into Wormwood Scrubs prison on October 15 2014, according to the Metropolitan Police.

Jensen was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after he pleaded guilty to seven charges at an earlier hearing, including conspiracy to supply a class A drug, conspiracy to convey a list A article into a prison, two counts of conspiracy to supply a class B drug and three counts of conveying a list B article into a prison.

His girlfriend, Lisa Mary Hutchinson, who pleaded guilty to allowing her home to be used for the supply of class A and class B drugs on July 30, was given a 12-month community order and is required to attend a community rehabilitation programme.

Police were called after staff at the west London prison spotted a man and a woman in Artillery Lane, which runs parallel to the prison wall, in Shepherds Bush, the court heard.

CCTV footage showed a man tying a rope to a bag which was then pulled up into the prison and into one of the cells.

Police located the cell and inside the bag found a a knife with a five-inch blade, a Smartwatch, a mobile phone and other prohibited items. They also recovered two large wraps of herbal cannabis, a large block of cannabis resin and a wrap of cocaine.

Detective Constable Andy Griffin of Hammersmith and Fulham CID said: "Jensen and Hutchinson tried to smuggle prohibited items including drugs, alcohol and a knife inside a prison; the combination could have been deadly.

"Thankfully vigilant prison staff foiled the plot and they were quickly arrested. This case serves as a strong reminder of the very serious consequences of smuggling prohibited goods into a prison."

The couple were sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on October 29, police said.

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