Criminals are using more inventive and sophisticated technology to get drugs and other contraband into prisons. Some dealers are using expensive drones costing well over £1500 so it shows how lucrative the business of prison drugs dealing is. However, 29 year old Anthony Cheeney from Walton got himself a five year prison sentence for using a drone to attempt to drop class A and B drugs, phones and SIM cards into HMP Liverpool.
Detective Constable Chris Cook said that harsh sentences could be expected for those who attempt to smuggle drugs into prisons. He said the sentence should send a clear message to anyone trying to do this. He continued by saying any breach of prison security would be treated extremely seriously.
Man jailed after using drone to fly contraband into prison
Smuggling phones into prisons is highly illegal, it can add years onto a sentence for those caught with a mobile phone and result in a prison sentence for those trying to smuggle them in.
Connie Adams, sister in law of crime Kingpin Terry Adams is facing a jail term after allegedly trying to smuggle in a phone whilst visiting Adams with her daughter and grandchildren. She said she had forgotten there was a phone in her jacket pocket whilst other items were being scanned. Prison officials say this is an excuse often used by people trying to bring in phones and given the family’s history a highly unlikely story.
Adams who is now 60 has been banned from visiting HMP Franklin in County Durham for six months.
Modern Day Slavery
CoventryLive is naming and shaming criminals in the area who have been locked up this January! Included among them is rapist Robert Petre, 33. Petre met his victim in Romania in 2017. After a couple of weeks Petre forced her to move to Coventry where he made her work as a prostitute after raping her. He threatened to kill her children if she would not do as he said. Once in Coventry he kept all her earnings and she regularly suffered beatings and rape.
Petre fled to Romania after her escape but was extradited back to the UK in 2018. Petre was sentenced to 17 years in jail and found guilty of exploitation, controlling prostitution for gain, rape and assault. The judge recommended he also be deported back to Romania.
Det Con Kate Williams of Warwickshire Police said: “I hope this sentencing reassures other victims of human trafficking and modern slavery offences that police will take action. This was a challenging case and I would like to pay tribute to the victim who has shown immense courage throughout the investigation and trial. Her evidence was extremely powerful and highlighted the experience of modern slavery victims.”