Mum jailed for smuggling drugs to her boyfriend in prison

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A MUM took her two children with her as she smuggled around £2,000 worth of drugs to her boyfriend at a West Yorkshire prison.

Helen McCartney was given a six-month jail sentence over the incident at HMP Wealstun, near Wetherby.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers at the jail became suspicious as McCartney was visiting her partner, Kevin Robson, on October 10 last year.

McCartney and Robson appeared to be watching the security cameras and she went to the toilet on two occasions during the visit.

McCartney also asked to move seats to be nearer to the crèche, where her children were.

The couple began hugging each other as officers called time on the visit. Robson was then taken to one side and searched. He was found in possession of 20 tablets of a heroin substitute and a cannabis substitute known as spice.

McCartney was also searched and was found to have 30 tablets hidden in her shoe.

McCartney, of Portobello Way, Chester-le-Street, was interviewed and said she had taken the drugs into the prison after being offered £500.

She pleaded guilty to supplying a controlled drug, possession of a class C drug with intent to supply and conveying a prohibited article into prison.

Andrew Petterson, mitigating, said McCartney was in serious financial trouble at the time of the offence.

Recorder Gurdial Singh told McCartney that such drugs had a serious destabilising effect within prisons. He added: “In prison they are used to extort and bully. The evil they do in prison is worse than they do in open society.”

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