Prisoner smuggled substance into jail
AN INMATE smuggled a drug-like substance blamed for violence in jails into Cardiff prison – by hiding mini parcels of it up his backside.
Joseph Daly, 27, had four grams of the psychoactive drug “spice”, which was discovered after he was told to squat by prison officers.
The substance had been wrapped in cellophane parcels roughly the size of golf balls, Cardiff Crown Court heard.
Rachel Knight, prosecuting, said: “In his cell, prison officers could see Daly was under the influence of drugs. He seemed to be unaware of his surroundings.
“They couldn’t find anything in his cell or on his body, but after asking him to squat, they found three golf ball-sized cellophane parcels had been in his rectum.
“When asked what was happening, Daly replied ‘you win some, you lose some.’”
Ms Knight said two of the parcels contained four grams of the psychoactive substance, bought for £40, with the other containing tobacco.
Cardiff Crown Court heard spice was commonly used as a substitute for cannabis.
Daly pleaded guilty to possession of a psychoactive substance in a custodial institution for the offence at HMP Cardiff in June last year. He was already serving a jail term for affray.
Judge Stephen Hopkins said: “When asked to squat, three cellophanewrapped parcels fell from your back passage.
“This was the deliberate putting in your body of something you knew was prohibited in prisons.
“You say it was for your own use but one cannot tell if someone else could’ve come across your psychoactive substance.”
As he sent Daly down to the cells, the judge told a dock officer: “Ensure he is searched. Properly.”
Daly, from St Brides Gardens, Newport, was jailed for four months.
So-called legal highs like “spice” were banned in 2016 and classed as “new psychoactive substances”.
The drug is known in prisons as the “bird killer” – with “bird” being slang for a prison sentence – meaning inmates use it so their time in prison passes in a blur.
It is much stronger than regular cannabis and is known to make users hallucinate. It has been linked with increases in suicides, self-harm, violence and even attacks on staff in prison.