Prisoner caught red-handed in plot to smuggle £5,000 of drugs into jail

Prisoners who tried to smuggle thousands of pounds worth of drugs into a jail in a milk carton were busted when guards intercepted the parcel that was launched over the wall of the prison.

The four-man operation was spear-headed by Aaron Brown, 35, who was an inmate at HMP Buckley Hall in Rochdale at the time.

He began organising the drop over a four-month period between May and September 2018, and recruited former fellow prisoner Daryl Ormiston, 30, to source the drugs.

He then recruited serving inmate Adeel Sanwar to collect the package, Minshull Street Crown Court heard, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

Korey Wilkinson was tasked with throwing the stocked milk carton over the side of the prison wall, in order for Sanwar, 28, to pick it up whilst he was working on waste management duty.

However, their plan was rumbled after prison officers intercepted the package and discovered a mixture of drugs including cannabis, cocaine, MDMA along with tobacco.

Following a lengthy investigation which saw the search of their cells, officers found a Zanco babyphone – the smallest fully functional mobile phone in the world – concealed in a tuna tin under Brown’s bed.

Police discovered incriminating conversations between Brown and Ormiston on the tiny device.

Wilkinson, of Rochdale; Ormiston, of no fixed abode; and Sarwar, of Longsight, Manchester all pleaded guilty to offences of conspiring to supply class A, namely cocaine and MDMA, class B, namely cannabis, and class C drugs, namely subutex.

Brown, of no fixed abode, was convicted after a trial.

Prosecuting, Neil Fryman told the court that prison guards intercepted the package after it had been thrown over the wall by Wilkinson, 38, on August 17 2018.

Sarwar was supposed to have collected the item at the side of the staff mess whilst he was working as part of the waste management team which gave him access to that area of the prison.

However, the package was found by the prison staff and following further investigation, officers recovered a ‘mixture of drugs’ which would have been worth five to ten times the amount in prison, the court heard.

“The total value of the drugs was over £5,000,” Mr Fryman said.

“Inside the package were: mini logo tablets namely MDMA; A4 paper which was cannabinoid infused; and tobacco and rizzlers.

“Also found was skunk cannabis, seven-and-a-half grams of white powder valued at £200 per gram, MDMA powder, six-and-a-half tablets of Subutex together with seven 8 ball tablets.

“Following this, various phones were seized including a Zanco babyphone seized from Brown’s cell, which was found in the bottom of a tuna tin, and a charger was with it.

“The buttons were so small they had to be pressed with a nail.”

In one message found, it read: “20 E, 14 subs, Q of magic, burn [slang for tobacco], rizzler, spice paper and maybe bud [slang for cannabis]. Not sure on bud but could be burn."

The court heard there was talk between Brown and Ormiston about ‘tops’, said to be slang for a kilogram of cocaine.

Brown was said to have believed that Ormiston was a ‘serious drug dealer’ on the outside, but he is not charged with wholesale trafficking, Mr Fryman said.

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