Trio jailed after attempt to throw drugs into prison compound

Erlestoke Prison governor Andy Rogers

Erlestoke Prison governor Andy Rogers

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THREE people have been jailed after they were caught about to throw drugs over the fenceinto a Wiltshire prison.

Kelly Marie Greatrex, 29, Christopher Holder, 48, both from Plymouth and Matthew Sharp, 27, who was an inmate at Erlestoke at the time, all admitted conspiracy to throw or bring a prohibited article into a prison.

Winchester Crown Court heard Greatrex and Holder were stopped by police officers in a vehicle on the road outside the prison in 2012. . Inside they found a package containing the drug Subutex, a mobile phone, two SIM cards and part of a battery charger.

"We don't tolerate the use of drugs at Erlestoke prison,” governor Andy Rogers said. "The message should be clear to see for all attempting to bring drugs into my prison.

He added: "We are working hard with Wiltshire Police and the local community to ensure that we maintain a safe, decent and secure prison for the offenders in our care and the staff that work here."

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