Pris­oner smug­gled sub­stance into jail

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

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.

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