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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Barrow woman sentenced for smuggling drugs into prison

A WOMAN from Barrow has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for smuggling drugs into HMP Haverigg.

Michelle Ann Butler, 37, of Hall Street, Barrow along with her co-defendant Naomi Haworth, 30 years, of Burnley were stopped from entering the prison on December 16 last year.

Butler, who entered the prison as a visitor, was handed a package by Haworth to supply to the inmate.

The package contained heroin and spice, which had a potential value of over £9,000.

As Butler entered the prison she was stopped by police and searched, and the package was found hidden in her clothes.

Butler pleaded guilty to drugs offences, and was sentenced to five years and eight months imprisonment on May 28 at Preston Crown Court.

During Police interviews, Haworth stated that she did not know the package had heroin in it.

A Newton hearing took place, and Haworth was found guilty of possession with intent to supply heroin.

On August 5, Haworth appeared at Carlisle Crown Court and was sentenced to three years imprisonment.

Speaking after the sentences, temporary detective superintendent Rob O’Connor said: “Once again this demonstrates how the Courts take a really dim view of people trying to smuggle drugs into prisons.

“This follows on from other recent sentences in the crown court where another hefty jail sentences were handed down for similar offences of trying to smuggle contraband into HMP Haverigg.

“Cumbria Police continue to work successfully with HMP Haverigg to tackle individuals who are intent on getting drugs and other items such as mobile phones into the prison.

“The two recent sentences should send a stark warning to people that if they attempt to smuggle goods into prisons, you will end up in prison yourself.

“This means serving a lengthy sentence, where you will have time to reflect on your wrongdoing.”

The governor at HMP Haverigg, Mr Tony Corcoran said: “I am grateful to the police for their interception of these drugs bound for HMP Haverigg.

“The sentences imposed by the Judge sends out a clear and unambiguous message that this type of criminality will not be tolerated.

“I am confident that the excellent joint working between HMP Haverigg and Cumbria Constabulary will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Have your say

Childish responses from some posters. L.Iterate - back off! Or should we ridicule you for giving 'prison' a capital P? Regarding the sentences, yes I agree, much too lenient.

Posted by Shadow on 10 August 2014 at 15:25

To anon above....
"wold"..... Did you mean would??
"people who clearly can't spell are also low lives" hahaha!

Posted by Anon on 10 August 2014 at 13:07

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