Men jailed for prison drug smuggling

Published Thursday, 27 March 2014
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Two Belfast men who admitted their involvement in the attempted smuggling of drugs into Magilligan Prison last year, have both been jailed at Londonderry Crown Court.

Men jailed for prison drug smuggling
The incident, which happened last year, was recorded on CCTV. (© UTV)

Declan McGlade, 26 and from Lavinia Square in the south of the city, was jailed for twelve months.

He admitted possessing and supplying quantities of herbal cannabis and diazepam to a serving prisoner in the jail's visitor room on 28 February of last year.

The prisoner who received the drugs, and who tried to conceal them down his trousers, was Thomas Patrick Boyle, 24 and from Short Strand. He was jailed for six months.

After his arrest, McGlade told the police he had been given the three packages of drugs by a man in the Ormeau Road area of Belfast and ordered to deliver the drugs to Boyle otherwise his younger brother would receive a beating.

Boyle was described by Judge Philip Babington as the catalyst of the offending in that he encouraged McGlade to bring him the drugs.

The attempted smuggling of the drugs into the prison was captured on CCTV cameras in the visitor room.

Judge Babington said there had been a number of similar cases before the courts in recent months. He said the supplying of drugs in a prison environment gave the recipient "a greater sense of power among other prisoners."

 

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3 Comments
james in comber wrote (85 days ago):
well done the judge for jailing them.
x officer in belfast wrote (85 days ago):
this type of incident is not unusual, people smuggle in various items I/e drugs, mobile phones, weapons, sorry to say this but most times nothing happens to them, glad to see this person given prison time. people who behave in this way deserve all that they get, no pity for them, no wonder the jails are full of drugs etc.
Paul Bater in Dromore Co. Down wrote (119 days ago):
I hope that Boyle's sentence is added onto his current sentence and not alongside other wise there was no point giving him a sentence at all. Knowing our pathetic court system it will run alongside.
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