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Woman jailed after trying to smuggle drugs into Surrey prison

Woman jailed after trying to smuggle drugs into Surrey prison

Published by Carol Musgrave at 1:43pm 19th July 2019. (Updated at 1:45pm 19th July 2019)

A woman is behind bars after trying to take cannabis hidden in her bra into a Surrey prison.

The 22 year old has been sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on July 5 following the incident at HMP Coldingley Prison in Bisley on April 27 2018.

Whitney Thornton, of Forest Road West, Nottingham, is behind bars for a total of 18 months - eight months after pleading guilty to taking drugs into the prison, and a further 10 months after being found to have breached previous court orders.

Thornton was visiting the prison when she was caught by a member of staff during a routine search.

The bag, in her bra, contained 48.6g of cannabis - worth several thousand pounds had it been sold inside the prison. 

Inspector Bob Darkens, Borough Commander for Surrey Heath, said:

"HMP Coldingley is a category C prison which focuses on the resettlement of prisoners and keeping them drug free is an essential part of their rehabilitation.

"Some reports have claimed that over half of the people entering prison have a drugs problem and many hope to use their time inside to beat their addictions.

"I hope that the sentence given to Thornton sends a clear message that trying to make money out of smuggling drugs into our prisons will not be tolerated and that anyone caught doing so will be dealt with robustly."

Niall Bryant, Deputy Governor at HMP Coldingley, added:

"Drugs will not be tolerated and we are boosting security to stop them getting in. I'd like to thank my hardworking staff for their role in preventing this crime, helping to keep the prison safe."

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