Dad jailed over smuggling

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A DAD-to-be tried to smuggle a phone and legal highs into a Lancashire prison by “hugging” an inmate he was visiting, a court has heard.

Andrew Norman Smith of Lambeth Close, Blackburn, has been jailed for nine months after pleading guilty to conveying an article into HMP Wymott jail at Ulnes Walton, near Leyland.

Preston Crown Court heard the 39-year-old was visiting a prisoner named McCrue at HMP Wymott on December 30, 2014, when staff in the visiting area saw him “covertly pass” small package to the prisoner as he embraced him.

Judge Richard Pearce was told Smith and all the other visitors were stopped leaving while the inmates were searched.

The phone, which was found on McCrue was found to have synthetic cannabinoids, albeit legal, inside.

It was also found to have an active SIM card.

Smith must pay a victim surcharge and court charge.