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Man jailed after attempt to smuggle cannabis into HMP Hewell
6:30pm Tuesday 7th January 2014 in Local
AN Alcester man who tried to smuggle cannabis into HMP Hewell, broke down in tears as he was jailed for three months at Worcester Crown Court.
Wesley Sinnott, 27, was caught with 1.6g of the class B drug in his jacket pocket as he visited his brother-in-law at the prison in Tardebigge on October 29 last year.
Prosecutor Mary Wallace told the court on Monday, January 6 that the drugs were worth £20 on the street, but could be worth up to £100 behind the walls of a prison.
His house was searched after his arrest and a plastic tub containing 15.1g of cannabis, worth around £150, was seized.
He pleaded guilty to taking a prohibited item into a prison and to possession of a class B drug.
The court heard that Sinnott, of The Poplars, Alcester, had been addicted to cannabis for 12 years and cares for his pregnant partner.
Judge Robert Juckes QC told him an immediate custodial sentence was the only option to serve as a warning to anyone else who might be tempted to smuggle drugs to prisoners.
Sinnott wept as he was sentenced to three months behind bars for smuggling the drug into prison, plus one week concurrent for possession.
"I can see that you are deeply upset at finding yourself in the position you are in," the judge told him.
"I accept that this is in relation to the responsibility you feel towards your partner.
"But if you take drugs of any kind into prison you have to have an immediate custodial sentence.
"It is the only way that the signs which cover the walls of prison waiting rooms, warning that if you take drugs in you will be sent down, are seen to contain a real threat."