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Extra time for prisoner who hid drugs in body

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A MARCHINGTON prisoner caught hiding drugs and tablets up his bottom has been sentenced to a further year behind bars by magistrates.

Shaun Lau, who is currently residing in a cell at HMP Dovegate, appeared before Burton Magistrates’ Court on Monday to admit four charges of possession of prohibited items in a prison.

The magistrates heard that during a routine search of his prison cell on August 21 last year, Lau was found to have a Blackberry mobile phone as well as 16 buprenorphine Class C tablets, a quantity of cannabis and two sim cards.

Karen Walton, prosecuting, said the prisoner officers found the drugs after they asked Lau to squat.

She said: “He is a serving prisoner and prohibited items were found during a routine cell search.

“Officers found the phone, then asked the defendant to squat and from between his buttocks, tissue and cling film fell out and were seized by officers.

“The tissue contained the tablets and the cling film held the cannabis.”

Lau’s solicitor said the charges went back to August last year and there was a delay because they were going to be dealt with within the prison, but officers decided to opt for the police to become involved and he wasn’t interviewed until December.

The 25-year-old is already serving eight years and nine months for conspiring to supply Class B drugs.

For possession of the mobile phone Lau will serve another six months and for the cannabis he will serve six months to run consecutively.

For the tablets possession he will serve one month concurrently and for the sim cards he will serve six months concurrently.

In total the prisoner will serve an extra 12 months behind bars.

It is not the first time a prisoner in Dovegate has used the unusual hiding place to avoid detection.

Axon Macphee was caught with a mobile phone inside his body last year while being transferred to the prison, saying he needed it to keep in touch with his cancer-stricken grandmother.

The 23-year-old, who was serving a 15-year sentence for wounding, was ordered to complete a three-month custodial sentence to run alongside his existing sentence.

It is against the law to have a mobile phone or drugs in prison cells and anyone caught with them in their possession risks going before a court and having extra time added to their sentence.

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