A couple caught trying to smuggle a McDonald’s McMuffin, a Kinder Surprise full of SIM cards, a knife and other contraband into Wormwood Scrubs were sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court last week.
Karl Jensen, 27, and his girlfriend, Lisa Mary Hutchinson, 26, hung a washbag filled with five mobile SIM cards, a bottle of vodka, a selection of USB chargers and the muffin, onto a fishing line to winch the bag over the prison wall.
The couple were spotted on CCTV by prison staff in Artillary Lane, the road that runs alongside the prison in Shepherds Bush.
They saw the man tie a bag to a roped that was let down from one of the cells, the bag was then hauled up into the prison. Police were called immediately.
Officers inside the prison found the bag, which contained a five-inch blade knife, a Smartwatch and other items, they also found wraps of cannabis and cocaine.
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Detective Constable Andy Griffin of Hammersmith and Fulham CID said: “Jensen and Hutchinson tried to smuggle prohibited items including drugs, alcohol and a knife inside a prison; the combination could have been deadly.
“Thankfully vigilant prison staff foiled the plot and they were quickly arrested. This case serves as a strong reminder of the very serious consequences of smuggling prohibited goods into a prison.”
Jenson, of St Ervans Road W10, pleaded guilty to seven chargers at an earlier hearing, including conspiracy to supply class A drug cocaine and conveying a prohibited article into a prison, and was sentenced to two and a half years’ imprisonment.
Hutchinson, also of St Ervans Road, pleaded guilty to allowing her home to be used for the supply of class A and class B drugs and was handed a 12 community order and ordered to attend a community rehabilitation programme.
Governor Peter Nichols of HMP Wormwood Scrubs, said: “This successful prosecution was due to the efforts made between both agencies – the police and the prison service – and highlights the importance of collaborative working and maintaining positive professional relationships and the sharing of information with our partners.
“A Notice to Prisoners will be published to highlight this and the intent, that Wormwood Scrubs is committed to working with our Partner Agencies to assist in prosecuting those who attempt to convey and distribute illicit items into our Prison.
“I thank all staff involved in this successful operation on both sides”
Pictures and video courtesy of the Met Police, with thanks