Prisoner custody officer sentenced for smuggling drugs into prison

Samantha Brown - paid to smuggle drugs to prisoners

A female prisoner custody officer who smuggled drugs into HMP Brixton has been jailed for over two years.

Samantha Brown, 22, of Hackney was convicted of misconduct in a public office and conspiracy to supply drugs.

The recipient of her criminal activity, prisoner Leon Jackson, 35 yrs, received a five month jail sentence after being convicted of  transmitting sounds and/or images from within the prison.  The pair were sentenced on Friday 15 July at Inner London Crown Court.

The pair were apprehended following a pro-active and intelligence led investigation by officers from the London Prison Anti-Corruption Team (LPACT) which revealed that Brown was being paid to traffic cannabis into the prison for Jackson.

A search of Jackson’s cell led to the discovery of a mobile phone he had used to communicate with Brown on a daily basis. Analysis of call records indicated hundreds of calls were made between the two.

Brown hid the drugs in her bra and passed them to Jackson and other inmates when they attended the crown court.

Acting/Detective Inspector Neil Smithson, LPACT, said: “Police and the Prison Service have identified that the courts are another potential route for drugs to enter prisons. We have worked closely with Serco – who run the court cells – on this case, which should send a message out to court staff that any wrongdoing will lead to arrest and conviction.”

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