A man caught smuggling drugs with a prison value of nearly £5,000 into HMP Garth when visiting his cousin has avoided a jail term.
Daniel Mescall, 20, was spotted handing a package to Jamie Bird, who was serving a sentence for robbery at the prison in Ulnes Walton, Leyland, on March 9 this year.
Speaking at Preston Crown Court, Lisa Bakker, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was observed on CCTV passing a package to Mr Bird, which he then concealed under a baby he was holding. As a result both were detained, Mr Bird was searched and a package rolled in cling film dropped from his underpants area.
“This turned out to be two packages of cannabis and seven packages of pills.”
She said wardens found 7.8 grams of the Class B drug cannabis, worth £390 based on a prison price of £50 per gram, and 60 buprenorphine tablets, a Class C opiate worth £80 per tablet, worth £4,800 in total.
Mescall claimed he had received a phone call from an unknown man saying he had something for his cousin and to go outside and pick it up.
He told police he was not rewarded for his actions.
Mescall pleaded guilty to two counts of conveying a listed article into prison. His previous convictions include theft and criminal damage.
Rob Dudley, defending, said sending his “vulnerable” client to jail would be a “backward step” as he had found a home in St Basil’s supported accommodation in Birmingham.
Judge Christopher Cornwall said he believed anybody taking drugs into prison should be jailed, but told the court current sentencing guidelines did not cover this sort of case. He handed Mescall four months in a young offenders institute, suspended for two years, and a four-month home curfew.