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UK law enforcers uncover major drug smuggling scheme into prisons

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ByDavid Brown

Jul 4, 2023
UK law uncovers prison drug smuggling scheme
David Brown

South Yorkshire Police has uncovered a major scheme involving the smuggling of drugs and other illegal items into prisons. Nearly 20 people have been arrested and convicted during the investigation, Mirror’s journalists report.

According to law enforcement officials, the investigation has been ongoing since 2019 when the police became aware of a scheme to smuggle drugs, lockpicks, and other illegal items into HMP Lindholme Prison in Doncaster. During the investigation, suspicion fell on prison nurse Amy Hatfield.

$1 million worth of liquid Spice in a woman’s handbag

During the search of the nurse’s belongings, law enforcement officials found packages of cannabis, tobacco, synthetic drugs, and banned equipment such as phones and chargers. However, the most significant discovery was two bottles of Ribena drink filled to the top with liquid Spice. Spice is a synthetic cannabinoid that can be life-threatening and is used as an alternative to cannabis.

According to law enforcement officials, the value of Spice on the prison market alone was around $1 million. Surprised by their find, the police suggested a conspiracy was involved and continued their investigation to find the other participants in the criminal scheme.

Their intuition was correct, and they uncovered a large-scale smuggling network that had members both inside and outside the prison. A total of 16 people were brought to trial. Detective Sergeant Gareth Gent stated that the criminal scheme was successfully uncovered, and all of its participants were prosecuted.

Drug smuggling is a prevalent type of crime, both in prison and on the outside. Recently, Belgian customs discovered a parcel of Easter bunnies made of pure MDMA. The total weight of the package was approximately 2 kilograms, enough to make more than 10,000 ecstasy pills. Allegedly, the recipient of the package ordered it via the dark web and had it shipped to Hong Kong.

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