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Woman caught smuggling drugs into prison on Christmas visit

A woman who smuggled drugs into a prison during a Christmas visit with an inmate has kept her freedom.

By Karon Kelly
Friday, 20th May 2022, 11:44 am

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Courtney Allsopp passed a package to a prisoner at HMP Northumberland on December 23 2019 and the illegal exchange was spotted by guards.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the parcel contained three types of class C drug and one psychoactive substance.

Allsopp claimed she had been pressured into handing over the package and later admitted she had been paid around £150 to do so.

Courtney Allsopp.

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The 24-year-old, of Hylton Terrace, Pelton, admitted three charges of conveying a banned item into prison and one of supplying a psychoactive substance.

Mr Recorder Anthony Dunne told her: "Drugs taken into prison case all the harms they cause on the outside world but even more so, they undermine the rehabilitation of prisoners and make prisons more dangerous for staff and prisoners."

Allsopp was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with rehabilitation requirements and a three month curfew.