Grandmother jailed for taking illicit items into prisons - Bedford and Nottingham

29/07/2016

A grandmother, who took illicit items into two prisons, was being threatened it was claimed in court today, Friday, 29 July 2016.

Michelle Pugh was first caught at Bedford prison on 30 January this year passing over two mobile phones hidden in a crisp packet to a prisoner she had never met before. She was arrested and bailed, but six weeks later, on 19 March 2016, she was visiting another prisoner at Lowdham Grange prison in Nottingham with the intention of passing him packages filled with illegal drugs. As a result she was arrested a second time and banned from visiting any prisons in the UK.

Pugh, aged 46 of Bath Road, Longford, West Drayton, pleaded guilty to two charges of conveying restricted articles into prison and was sent to prison hersel for two years.

Judge Michael Kay QC, sitting at Luton Crown Court told her: "I am prepared to accept that you were not doing this through a financial motive and that someone has coerced you and put pressure on you." He said she had tried to smuggle a large quantity of very strong heroin into Lowdham Grange prison in Nottinghamshire, along with cannabis resin and illegal high drugs. "Everyone knows the problems phones and drugs cause in the prison system. They lead to fights and violence and no end of trouble," he said.

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