Woman passed drugs to part­ner with kiss while vis­it­ing prison

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A RHONDDA WOMAN slipped a pack­age of drugs to her part­ner in prison as they kissed dur­ing vis­it­ing hours, a court has heard.

Guards be­came sus­pi­cious of the “na­ture of the kiss­ing” and sub­se­quently searched the in­mate.

Swansea Crown Court heard staff re­cov­ered a match-box sized packet of drugs con­tain­ing cannabis resin, di­azepam and temazepam.

Ashanti-Jade Wal­ton, pros­e­cut­ing, said 52-yearold Ch­eryl Annette Jones, of Glyn View, Tonyre­fail, vis­ited HMP Swansea on Fe­bru­ary 2 this year to see her part­ner, Scott Davies.

Guards watch­ing CCTV of the meet­ing room be­came sus­pi­cious of her be­hav­iour as she turned her back to­wards staff, and kissed the in­mate on the mouth.

The bar­ris­ter said the “na­ture of the kiss­ing” led them to be­lieve some­thing was be­ing passed from mouth to mouth, and they con­tin­ued to watch Mr Davies – he was later seen to “scan the re­move” be­fore mov­ing his hand from his mouth to the waist­band of his trousers.

Some time later he was seen putting his hand down his trousers.

The court heard the pris­oner was searched but noth­ing was ini­tially found – but a pack­age, roughly the size of the match­box, was later re­cov­ered from his anus.

In­side the pack­age were eight grams of cannabis resin, 10 di­azepam tablets, and 10 temazepam tablets.

Jones pleaded guilty to three counts of con­vey­ing a List-A ar­ti­cle into a prison when she ap­peared via vide­olink.

The court heard she has nine con­vic­tions for 15 of­fences, and is cur­rently serv­ing a two-year sen­tence for bur­glary – an of­fence com­mit­ted in Pon­typridd with Davies.

Jones was on bail for the bur­glary mat­ter – while her part­ner was on re­mand – when the Swansea drug smug­gling took place.

Dean Pulling, for Jones, said his client had felt un­der pres­sure to take the drugs into prison for her part­ner, though that pres­sure did not amount to duress. Judge Keith Thomas said tak­ing drugs into prison was a se­ri­ous mat­ter be­cause they caused un­rest, led to un­pre­dictable be­hav­iour, and could be used as cur­rency by in­mates.

From con­vey­ing the cannabis resin Jones was sen­tenced to eight months in prison, for the di­azepam to four months, and for the temazepam to four months, all to run con­cur­rently – at the same time – mak­ing a to­tal of eight months.

The new sen­tence will run con­sec­u­tively with the two years she is al­ready serv­ing.

Ch­eryl Annette Jones was sen­tenced to eight months for smug­gling drugs to her part­ner

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