Three inmates who conspired with a prison health worker to smuggle banned items into HMP Preston have been jailed.
Disgraced prison health worker John Burch was sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment at an earlier hearing for couriering drugs and luxury items into the jail, and today his accomplices - inmates Jordan Murray, Joshua Hampson and Adam Musker - were also jailed.
The trio had arranged for Burch to bring energy drinks, underwear, t-shirts, shorts, trainers, mobile phones, food, alcohol and drugs into the prison.
Murray, 21, formerly of Devonshire Place, Preston, was sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment while Hampson, 26, formerly of Moor Park, Avenue, Preston, and Musker, 29, of no fixed abode, were sentenced to nine months.
Murray’s girlfriend, Jade Hiles, and his father, Christopher Graham, 39, formerly of Jubilee Road, Lostock Hall, assisted the operation by supplying the parcels of items to Burch.
Graham was sentenced to two years eight months for the offences with a further eight years for possessing class A drugs with intent to supply them.
Hiles, 25, of Marsh Way, Penwortham, was sentenced to nine months but Judge Pamela Badley suspended it for two years
Today Brett Gerrity, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: “Jordan Murray, Joshua Hampson and Adam Musker thought they were above the law by orchestrating what was in effect a personal delivery service for clothing, food, mobile phones, SIM cards, alcohol and class B drugs.
“They arranged for others on the outside to supply them with things they had no right to have access to whilst they were serving prison sentences. These items were clearly intended for onward supply to fellow prisoners.
“This case should send out a clear message to those who think they can carry out criminal activities from inside prisons. They will be caught and brought to account for their actions.
"The Crown Prosecution Service has worked closely with the police to bring a strong case against all those involved in this smuggling ring, and successfully brought an end to this supply chain into the prison.”