Man jailed for smuggling items into prison - Bovingdon

10/02/2017

A man, who smuggled items into a prison, was today, Friday, 10 February 2017, jailed for 30 months.

Calvin Chance, aged 31, went to The Mount at Bovingdon on 25 August last year to visit an inmate there. But St Albans Crown Court was told on Friday how Chance had a secret package on him for the prisoner. It comprised a quantity of cocaine, diamorphine, cannabis and SIM cards for mobile phones.

Because Chance was known by the authorities at the jail as someone who had previous convictions for smuggling goods into prisons, he was under special surveillance the moment he met the prisoner in the visitors area of the jail.

Prosecutor Kevin West said CCTV cameras were capturing Chance's every move. He was observed to sit down with the prisoner and then lean back in his chair and yawn. Prison staff at the jail then saw Chance reach around to the back of his own trousers and take something out which he handed to the prisoner. Mr West said a search of the prisoner recovered the package, which was found to contain the illegal drugs and SIM cards.

On Friday, Chance of Birch Grove, Leytonstone, East London, pleaded guilty to supplying diamorphine, cocaine and cannabis and conveying the SIM cards into the jail.

Recorder John Coffee QC, hearing the case, heard he had previous convictions for doing exactly the same thing.

The court was told he had spent much of his adult life in prison and he had agreed to take the illegal items into the jail last August as a way of clearing debts he had run up.

Recorder Coffee told Chance: "You know with your background the damage drugs can do inside prison."

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