Man Jailed for Trying to Smuggle £23,000 worth of Drugs into Pentonville Prison
Joshua Lewis was sentenced to 27 months behind bars in April 2018 for attempting to smuggle MDMA, cocaine, cannabis, psychoactive substances and mobile phones into Pentonville Prison. He was caught when officers noticed a string dangling from the prison wall to the ground below. When they saw Lewis approach the string, he managed to escape on foot but was later identified by DNA on his phone, which he dropped. Insp Steve Murfin, from Islington police station, said: “This individual was found to be carrying a substantial amount of controlled drugs and phones. Due to the vigilance of officers, it was prevented from entering the prison.”
Smoking Ban Introduced at Pentonville Prison
In March 2018, it was reported that Pentonville Prison had banned inmates from smoking as part of the introduction of a smoke-free prison policy across England and Wales. The prison tweeted: “Another historic milestone as Pentonville goes non-smoking from today.”
The ban was announced in 2015 and piloted in 21 prisons in Wales. Roughly 80 per cent of the prison population smokes and experts have warned that depriving inmates of their right to smoke could lead to unrest.