Man jailed for smuggling drugs into prison

Michael O'Brien
Michael O'Brien

A man has been jailed for attempting to smuggle drugs into Lewes prison.

Michael George O’Brien, 32, of Duke Road, St Leonards went to Lewes prison on February 11 last year to visit an inmate.

When he entered the search area, the drugs dog gave a positive indication that he was carrying illegal substances. O’Brien was searched by prison officers,and a quantity of cocaine, cannabis and steroids were found concealed in his underwear.

On January 14 this year O’Brien appeared at Hove Crown Court, having pleaded guilty part way through a trial earlier in the month, and was sentenced to a total of 33 months’ imprisonment for the three offences of bringing the each of the drugs into the prison.

Detective Constable Paul Gray, of Sussex Police, said: “HMP Lewes staff and Sussex Police work jointly together in over any offences committed within the prison. Anyone who attempts to or brings prohibited articles into a prison, by any means, will be dealt with robustly and charges will be sought. As this case shows, you may well go there as visitor, but if you commit offences while there, you face the possibility of becoming a inmate.”