Woman passed drugs to partner with kiss while visiting prison
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