Prison guard is jailed for three years for smuggling cocaine and cannabis into jail in her underwear
A former prison guard who smuggled drugs into jail in her underwear has been jailed for three years.
27-year-old Hannah Gaves from Bristol was stopped and searched while on her way to work at Erlestoke Prison, Wiltshire on the 27th of January last year.
Officials found Cocaine concealed in her underwear and she was also in possession of black bags containing cannabis, five packets of tobacco and Rizzlas.
The Erlestoke Prison, where Gaves worked as a guard, had received intelligence that she was smuggling articles into the prison. She was also suspected of having “inappropriate relations” with an inmate and was smuggling the drugs on his behalf, Wiltshire Police said.
Gaves was arrested and a further search of her home saw money and herbal cannabis seized.
She pleaded guilty to a string of drug offences on Friday, August 28, at Salisbury Crown Court. These included possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, possession with intent to supply a Class B drug, and attempt to bring tobacco behind bars.
Gaves was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170.
Detective Sergeant Garry Epps, from the Crime Targeting Team, said: ‘There is simply no tolerance for the behaviour shown by Gaves in this case.
‘The custodial sentence that has been given further highlights the severity of Gaves’ actions and we hope acts as a deterrent to anyone who thinks they may be able to get away with anything similar.
There is no excuse for ever falling into such activities and we will always act strongly against anyone attempting to take drugs or any form of contraband into our prisons.’
Local Inspector Chris Martin said: ‘We will always act on intelligence given to us and not only patrol the parameters of the prison robustly but also the comings and goings inside the prison as well.
‘This case highlights the ongoing partnership work between Wiltshire Police and staff at HMP Erlestoke to disrupt the illegal supply of drugs into the prison.’
Det Sgt Garry Epps said: “There is simply no tolerance for the behaviour shown by Gaves in this case.
“The custodial sentence that has been given further highlights the severity of Gaves’ actions and we hope acts as a deterrent to anyone who thinks they may be able to get away with anything similar.”