Main jailed for smuggling drugs into prison

A man who was caught smuggling drugs into HMP Whitemoor has been jailed.

Marcio Daniel, 23, of Nigel Fisher Way, Chessington, Surrey, tried to smuggle cannabis and cocaine into the prison for his friend, who was convicted of murder in 2009.

Prison officers received intelligence that Daniel would attempt to bring the banned items into the prison when he next visited his friend.

On Friday, April 12, Daniel arrived at HMP Whitemoor and was immediately detained by prison staff.

When officers arrived to carry out a search, Daniel admitted to having drugs hidden down his trousers. Cannabis and cocaine with an estimated street value of about £1,000, were discovered.

Daniel was arrested and charged with bringing a prohibited article into a prison.

He pleaded guilty and yesterday (Wednesday) at Cambridge Crown Court he was sentenced to two years in jail.

Detective Constable Emily Clarke said: “Drugs are banned from prisons across the country for obvious reasons.

“The prison relies on staff keeping security tight to prevent such contraband entering the jail.

“Daniel was caught and I hope the sentence serves as a warning to anyone who considers taking drugs or other forbidden items into prison.”