Officers have busted a huge cannabis supply operation at a South Yorkshire prison, seizing drugs worth around £10,000.
The raid was carried out at HMP Lindholme near Doncaster, following concerns raised about prohibited paraphernalia being conveyed into prison.
Officers found over 1kg of cannabis, as well as a large quantity of cash. Cannabis is currently thought to sell for around £10 per gram on the street but this figure can often be higher, meaning the £10,000 valuation could be conserative.
Officers charged two inmates, Werner Berning, 28, and Matthew Wiles, 29, both originally from Stockport, with possession of a controlled drug with the intent to supply in relation to the operation.
The men appeared before Doncaster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday October 14 and have both now been remanded into custody until their next appearance at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday November 6.
Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said: “I am determined to stem the flow of drugs and contraband into our prisons.
“I want to pay tribute to the staff at HMP Lindholme for their work with South Yorkshire Police in helping recover this haul from entering the prison system to spread misery.
“We are clear prisoners who pedal drugs should face the full force of the law, which means police investigation and extra time behind bars.”