Man used cuddle to sneak drugs into jail

Dean Cleworth had his sentence extended

Dean Cleworth had his sentence extended

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A prisoner involved in smuggling drugs into a Lancashire jail has had his sentence increased.

Dean Cleworth, an inmate at HMP Preston, had been serving an eight-year sentence for robbery when he tried to accept a package containing 37g of cannabis, worth £185, from a woman visiting him.

He was kissing and cuddling the woman when a prison officer spotted him putting his hands under her jacket to slip the parcel up his tracksuit top sleeve.

He was then caught trying to hide the cannabis resin, wrapped in a condom, on a visit to the toilet.

Cleworth, 34, previously a prisoner at HMP Garth, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with intent to supply and causing another to convey it into prison, and was given a seven-month sentence to run concurrently with his eight years for car jacking.

However, the Court of Appeal has now ruled that the seven-month sentence should run consecutively to his other jail term, effectively extending his sentence.

Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP said: “Cleworth was intending to supply the drug onwards to other prisoners for his own gain and had previous convictions for similar offending.

“I referred this case to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient as I believed it should have been added to his existing sentence, rather than ordered to be served concurrently.

“This additional time to serve in prison now serves as an important principle of deterrence in sentencing drug supply offences in the prison environment. I am pleased with the result today.”