Stopping drugs getting into jail

HMP New Hall, Wakefield.  April 27, 2004.
HMP New Hall, Wakefield. April 27, 2004.

PRISON visitors were caught trying to smuggle drugs into a women’s jail.

Police arrested and cautioned two women after they were found with cannabis while visiting inmates at HMP New Hall.

Officers from the Rural neighbourhood police team (NPT) also stopped and searched 19 cars as well as their drivers and passengers.

It was part of a joint operation alongside HM Prison Service to stop drugs being smuggled to inmates at New Hall.

Insp Richard Clare, of the Rural NPT, said: “This latest operation follows on from the success of previous initiatives and demonstrates how we can work in partnership to tackle this problem.

“It is a very serious issue and we will continue to work with the prison to clamp down on the perpetrators.”

The operation is part of a wider drive to stop drugs getting into prisons either for personal use or to be dealt among inmates.

Governor Andy Johnson said “We already have good working links with our colleagues in West Yorkshire Police, however this new initiative aimed at reducing the supply of drugs into prisons in West Yorkshire is welcomed and is proving to be very effective in terms of drugs seizures, arrests and the subsequent deterrent those types of results provide.

“When drugs get into prisons, it undermines all the good work taking place to rehabilitate offenders.

“We believe that stopping drugs entering prisons, and therefore releasing people who are drug free is an integral strand to cutting crime, reducing re-offending and making communities a safer place, and ultimately reducing the number of victims of crime.”

Anyone with information should contact West Yorkshire Police on 101.