Preston prisoners run personal delivery service from cells

07/06/2016

Three prisoners have today been sentenced to a total of six years imprisonment at Preston Crown Court for conspiring to smuggle prohibited articles into HMP Preston. Two others who assisted the operation from the outside were sentenced to two years and eight month imprisonment and nine months imprisonment suspended for two years.

Prison health worker John Burch was also sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment at an earlier hearing for couriering the items in to the prison.

Jordan Murray, Joshua Hampson and Adam Musker whilst serving prison sentences arranged for John Burch, a prison health worker to bring energy drinks, underwear, t-shirts, shorts, trainers, mobile phones, food, alcohol and drugs into the prison. Murray's girlfriend, Jade Hiles, and his father, Christopher Graham, supplied the parcels of items to John Burch.

Brett Gerrity, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "Jordan Murray, Joshua Hampson and Adam Musker thought they were above the law by orchestrating what was in effect a personal delivery service for clothing, food, mobile phones, sim cards alcohol and Class B drugs.

"They arranged for others on the outside to supply them with things they had no right to have access to whilst they were serving prison sentences.  These items were clearly intended for onward supply to fellow prisoners.

"This case should send out a clear message to those who think they can carry out criminal activities from inside prisons.  They will be caught and brought to account for their actions. The Crown Prosecution Service has worked closely with the police to bring a strong case against all those involved in this smuggling ring, and successfully brought an end to this supply chain into the prison."

Individual sentences:

  • Jordan Murray was sentenced to 4 year and 6 months imprisonment
  • Joshua Hampson was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment
  • Adam Musker was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment
  • Jade Hiles was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment suspended for 2 years
  • Christopher Graham was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months imprisonment.  He was also sentenced to an additional 8 years imprisonment for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs in connection with another matter
  • John Burch was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months imprisonment