Thursday 29 September 2016

Three men arrested after throwing drugs package wrapped in duct tape over prison wall

Benjamin Wright

Published 06/04/2016 | 16:29

Plastic bottle wrapped in duct tape containing legal highs which was recovered by staff at HMP Parc prison near Bridgend Credit: South Wales Police/PA Wire
Plastic bottle wrapped in duct tape containing legal highs which was recovered by staff at HMP Parc prison near Bridgend Credit: South Wales Police/PA Wire
Paul Ford, 44, who has been jailed along with two others after being caught throwing drugs into HMP Parc prison near Bridgend Credit: South Wales Police/PA Wire
Christian Nicholas, 29, who has been jailed along with two others after being caught throwing drugs into HMP Parc prison near Bridgend Credit: South Wales Police/PA Wire
Karl Griffiths, 33, who has been jailed along with two others after being caught throwing drugs into HMP Parc prison near Bridgend Credit South Wales Police/PA Wire

Three men have been jailed after throwing drugs into a prison.

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Paul Ford, 44, Karl Griffiths, 33, and Christian Nicholas, 29, were spotted acting suspiciously outside HMP Parc near Bridgend, South Wales, last month.

Karl Griffiths, 33, who has been jailed along with two others after being caught throwing drugs into HMP Parc prison near Bridgend Credit South Wales Police/PA Wire
Karl Griffiths, 33, who has been jailed along with two others after being caught throwing drugs into HMP Parc prison near Bridgend Credit South Wales Police/PA Wire

South Wales Police said Ford was stopped by plain-clothes officers while sat in a Fiesta outside the prison, while accomplices Griffiths and Nicholas were arrested on foot nearby.

Inquiries with the prison later revealed a package containing legal highs had been thrown over the wall.

The package was wrapped in duct tape with fish hooks attached to help inmates recover it and when Nicholas was stopped by officers, a matching fish hook was found stuck in his jumper.

Last week at Cardiff Crown Court, Ford, of Llanelli, was sentenced to nine months' custody while Swansea pair Griffiths and Nicholas both received 12-month jail terms.

Plastic bottle wrapped in duct tape containing legal highs which was recovered by staff at HMP Parc prison near Bridgend Credit: South Wales Police/PA Wire
Plastic bottle wrapped in duct tape containing legal highs which was recovered by staff at HMP Parc prison near Bridgend Credit: South Wales Police/PA Wire

The trio's convictions follow a similar case last month which saw 35-year-old Anthony Mais, of Barry, jailed for 16 months after throwing mobile phones, chargers, legal highs and steroids into the prison.

Detective Richard Weber said South Wales Police and HMP Parc worked closely together to stop contraband getting into the hands of prisoners.

He said: "Offences such as this are carefully planned in advance. As a result of our proactive patrols we were able to catch the individuals in the act.

"Legal highs and drugs have the potential to cause enormous harm both inside the establishment and beyond its walls.

Christian Nicholas, 29, who has been jailed along with two others after being caught throwing drugs into HMP Parc prison near Bridgend Credit: South Wales Police/PA Wire
Christian Nicholas, 29, who has been jailed along with two others after being caught throwing drugs into HMP Parc prison near Bridgend Credit: South Wales Police/PA Wire

"These sentences prove no-one is untouchable and serve as a clear and strong message to others engaging in this type of activity that you will be caught. "

Mr Weber said future sentences for offences such as these were likely to get tougher when the new Psychoactive Substances Act comes into effect later in the year.

He added: "Those caught producing or supplying such drugs or throwing items into prison will face a maximum prison sentence of seven years."

Paul Ford, 44, who has been jailed along with two others after being caught throwing drugs into HMP Parc prison near Bridgend Credit: South Wales Police/PA Wire
Paul Ford, 44, who has been jailed along with two others after being caught throwing drugs into HMP Parc prison near Bridgend Credit: South Wales Police/PA Wire

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