Bag of mobile phones and drugs thrown over jail wall nearly hit prison officer
A smuggler who threw a bag of mobile phones and drugs over a jail’s wall has been jailed after they narrowly missed a prison officer.
Ashleigh Pauls was traced by his fingerprints on the pooper-scoop bags which were used to wrap up six phones and a small amount of skunk cannabis.
The ex-convict travelled from his home in Newquay to take part in the bid to smuggle the contraband goods into Channings Wood Prison near Newton Abbot.
The scheme failed when the heavy parcel came within inches of hitting a patrolling officer on the head and he passed the package to the police, Exeter Crown Court was told.
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Pauls, aged 22, of Dales Road, Newquay, admitted smuggling contraband into the prison and was jailed for nine months by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC.
He told him:”You came to South Devon from Newquay, a distance of about 100 miles, bringing dog waste bags which you gave to a companion so he could use them as a wrapper for the phones and drugs which were thrown over the perimeter fence.
“Fortunately, the prison officer who was on the other side was not struck on the head as this thing landed just behind him.
“Conveying articles of this sort into prison is a serious offence for which immediate custody must follow.”
Mr Nigel Wraith, prosecuting, said the prison officer was on patrol just inside the walls of Channings Wood in May last year when he heard the package land nearby.
It contained six mobiles, two chargers, and two 25 gram lumps of home-grown cannabis, all wrapped in three dog waste bags.
Pauls’ fingerprints were found on the outside and inside of the bags and checks showed his phone was used near the prison at the time and date of the offence.
Mr Paul Rowsell, defending, said his client had been acting on behalf of others and his role was restricted to supplying the packaging.
He said:”His role in this was a lesser one and he is a young man who shares the custody of his young son with his ex partner.”