Preg­nant mum took drugs to prison visit

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A MOTHER-TO-BE faces hav­ing her baby be­hind bars af­ter be­ing jailed for tak­ing drugs into a prison.

Preg­nant Sharon Carey of Gote­ley Mere, Ken­ning­ton, wept as a judge told her there had to be “a clear and con­sis­tent mes­sage” that such of­fend­ers would be se­verely pun­ished.

Carey, 21, who is ex­pect­ing her fourth child early next month, was sen­tenced to 12 months.

Maid­stone Crown Court heard So­cial Ser­vices had put her three chil­dren into care and would also take away her new baby. She had hid­den 7.35g of cannabis resin in­side her body when she went to visit an in­mate at Elm­ley Prison, Shep­pey, on July 10 last year.

But prison au­thor­i­ties were sus­pi­cious af­ter mon­i­tor­ing tele­phone calls be­tween Carey and the in­mate.

Peter Forbes, pros­e­cut­ing, said Carey ad­mit­ted hav­ing drugs on her when told she would be strip-searched and re­moved the cling­film-wrapped cannabis.

In the phone calls, the pris­oner used a crude code when re­fer­ring to drugs, telling her to make sure it was split into two equal amounts.

Carey said she had been handed the cannabis at Ash­ford rail­way sta­tion and at first claimed it was for her own use.

Ed­ward Risso-Gill, de­fend­ing, said it was clear Carey had been used and ma­nip­u­lated by the pris­oner she was to sup­ply.

Mr Risso-Gill said a sus­pended sen­tence could be im­posed.

Judge Martin Joy told Carey, who ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing drugs with in­tent to sup­ply, it was clear she was a will­ing par­tic­i­pant.

He said: “Those who sup­ply drugs com­mit a very se­ri­ous of­fence. It is an ut­terly de­grad­ing habit. It un­der­mines peo­ple’s lives.

“Those who take drugs into prison com­mit a par­tic­u­larly se­ri­ous of­fence for rea­sons that are well known.”

The judge said he took into ac­count the se­ri­ous im­pact prison would have on Carey. But he also had to con­sider the pub­lic in­ter­est.

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