Prison officer and prisoner charged with drug dealing


West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today authorised the police to charge a serving prison officer and an inmate from HMP Birmingham, along with the prisoner’s wife, with drugs offences.

A fellow prison officer has also been charged with theft.

Julie Turton, aged 53 and her son Sam Turton, 27, are both prison officers based at HMP Birmingham in Winson Green, Birmingham. They, along with Arteef Hussain, 25, a prisoner at the same prison and his wife Shelah Arif, 25 were all arrested as part of a police investigation into allegations of drug dealing and theft between May 2011 and May 2013.

Nigel Reader, Special Casework Lawyer from the West Midlands CPS Complex Casework Unit said::

"I have advised officers from West Midlands Police that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to charge Julie Turton, Arteef Hussian and Shelah Arif with conspiracy to convey cannabis into a prison. Ms Turton has also been charged with supplying cannabis and misconduct in a public office, while Shelah Arif has also been charged with possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

"I have also authorised the police to charge Sam Turton with three counts of theft.

"The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"The defendants will appear at Birmingham Magistrates court on Monday 28 October 2013."