Prison guard locked up after smuggling drugs into jail in her underwear

Jimmy Nsubuga
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Hannah Gaves, 27, was stopped on her way into Erlestoke Prison (Picture: SWNS)
Hannah Gaves, 27, was stopped on her way into Erlestoke Prison (Picture: SWNS)

A former prison guard has been locked up for three years after trying to smuggle cocaine, tobacco and cannabis into jail in her underwear.

Hannah Gaves, 27, was stopped before she entered Erlestoke Prison, in Wiltshire, and searched.

Cocaine was found concealed in her underwear and she also had black plastic bags of cannabis, five packets of tobacco and Rizzlas.

Gaves, of Gloucester, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, possession with intent to supply a Class B drug and attempt to bring tobacco into Erlestoke Prison.

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The drugs Hannah Gaves tried to bring into prison (Picture: SWNS)
The drugs Hannah Gaves tried to bring into prison (Picture: SWNS)

The prison had received intelligence she was smuggling articles into the prison.

Detective Sergeant Garry Epps, from the Crime Targeting Team, said: “There is simply no tolerance for the behaviour shown by Gaves in this case.

“The custodial sentence that has been given further highlights the severity of Gaves’ actions and we hope acts as a deterrent to anyone who thinks they may be able to get away with anything similar.

“There is no excuse for ever falling into such activities and we will always act strongly against anyone attempting to take drugs or any form of contraband into our prisons.”

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She also tried to smuggle cannabis into the jail (Picture: SWNS)
She also tried to smuggle cannabis into the jail (Picture: SWNS)

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Local Inspector Chris Martin added: “We will always act on intelligence given to us and not only patrol the parameters of the prison robustly but also the comings and goings inside the prison as well.

“This case highlights the ongoing partnership work between Wiltshire Police and staff at HMP Erlestoke to disrupt the illegal supply of drugs into the prison.”

Gaves was sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court on Friday to three years in prison and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170.