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Wycombe prison worker used 'smelly chips' to smuggle cannabis into jail
A DOPEY prison worker who used vinegar-drenched chips to try to smuggle cannabis into jail will spend four years in his own cell.
Jason Singh of Totteridge Road in High Wycombe was jailed for four years at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply list A articles into the prisons estate.
Singh stopped at a fish & chip shop on his way to HMP Wormwood Scrubs prison on September 10 to buy chips which he smothered in vinegar to mask the strong smell of cannabis in his bag, the court heard.
But his colleagues at the London prison had been tipped off and were waiting to search him on his arrival so, realising the drugs would be discovered, Singh came clean about the package and was arrested.
Singh said the 50 gram package was intended for a prison inmate.
Investigating officer DC Scott Pavitt from the Metropolitan Police said: “Singh thought he could outwit the prison service by covering the cannabis with smelly food but they were already wise to his plans and ready to stop him from getting his contraband in.
"In interview, Singh stated he had been pressured to bring the drugs in by a prisoner and other inmates. Despite being fully trained in how to deal with situations like this, he continued with his corrupt act and he continues to refuse to name the prisoner he was smuggling for.
"It is important that corrupt prison staff such as Singh are stopped from carrying out their crimes, and Singh's conviction is another example of our commitment to doing this with Her Majesty’s Prison Service.”
Phil Taylor, Governor of Wormwood Scrubs, said the operation was a credit to the security system in place at the prison.
He added: “The vast majority of our staff are honest and hard working but one corrupt worker can jeopardise the safety of the whole prison.
“We support a culture which values integrity above all and rejects corruption and dishonesty.
"This sentence reflects the seriousness of this offence and demonstrates our commitment to root out corruption.”
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