Woman smuggled drugs into jail to fund her own habit

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A WOMAN who smuggled drugs into a high-security jail has walked free from court.

Dionne Straughan was caught trying to pass 24 Buprenorphine pills to an inmate during a visit at Frankland prison on January 24.

Prosecutor Stuart Graham told Newcastle Crown Court: “An officer noticed some form of exchange that took place with this defendant and an inmate at a table.”

The court heard that during the handover some of the drugs, a pain-killing heroin substitute, dropped to the floor and Straughan was arrested.

The 28-year-old, of Chester-le-Street, admitted conveying a banned article into prison.

She told police she had been paid £150 to smuggle the illegal haul.

Mr Recorder Camp sentenced her to four months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with supervision.

The judge said: “It is a serious offence to take drugs into prison.

“It is in the public interest to keep the prisons free of drugs.”

Paul Cross, defending: “Her offending is connected to two things – essentially funding a drugs habit and pressure from other people.”