Prison worker gave phones and drugs to inmates
JAILED TAYLOR SPENT CASH ON ‘EXTRAVAGANT LIFESTYLE’
A PRISON worker from Derby has been jailed for her part in a plot to provide inmates with mobile phones and drugs.
Rachel Taylor, who worked as an administration assistant in the psychology department at HMP Lowdham Grange in Nottinghamshire, helped inmates to run a profitable business.
The 24-year-old also had ‘inappropriate relationships’ with the inmates who she provided with banned items.
It allowed her to lead an ‘extravagant lifestyle,’ spending on designer clothes and accessories.
She was employed in March 2016, and three months later colleagues became suspicious she was having relationships with Raphael Davis and Jordache Smith-Challis, who were inmates.
In December 2016, drugs and a mobile phone were discovered following a search of the prisoners’ cell.
A diary was also found which contained vital evidence of Taylor’s involvement in a wider plot to traffic cannabis, spice and mobile phones to the category B prison.
A number of mobile phones and 16 wraps of cannabis were also discovered at her home.
Investigations into her bank account found she had been paid money by Davis, Cherrice Bennett – Davis’s girlfriend on the outside – and Shelagh Challis, Smith-Challis’ mother.
All five pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court and were sentenced at hearings on December 3 and 5.
Taylor, 24, formerly of Merrill Way in Derby was sentenced to two-and-ahalf-years in jail for possession with intent to supply Class B drugs, conspiracy to supply Class B drugs, conspiracy to convey mobile phones and Class B drugs into prison and possession of criminal property
Davis, 27, of no fixed address, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and conspiracy to convey Class B drugs into prison
Smith-Challis, 24, of no fixed address, JIm Heggs Rachel Taylor
was sentenced to three years for conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and conspiracy to convey Class B drugs and phones into prison
Bennett, 26, of Tile Croft, in Stourbridge, was sentenced to a four-month custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months, and 100 hours of unpaid work for possession of criminal property Challis, 43, of Brighton was sentenced to 12-month community order for possession of criminal property. Detective Inspector Jim Heggs, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Raphael Davis and Jordache Smith-Challis were conducting a profitable business from prison, using their loved ones as well as corrupting Taylor. “Taylor was well aware of her involvement in this conspiracy and was happy to benefit from the criminality, taking measures to cover her tracks. It was money she spent on an extravagant lifestyle. While Davis and Smith-Challis were the instigators of the business, Taylor played a critical part in the conspiracy as she was able to purchase the phones and other devices and facilitate and arrange collection of the drugs, before she conveyed them into the prison.
“The two prisoners will be behind bars for longer, and Taylor will now see the other side of prison life, as an inmate.” Lowdham Grange prison
Taylor will now see the other side of prison life ... as an inmate