Woman who tried to smuggle drugs in Highpoint Prison is sentenced

A young woman who tried to smuggle drugs into a Suffolk prison has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Lauren Dye, 28, was caught on July 6 last year by staff at Highpoint Prison, Stradishall.

Dye, of Thames Avenue, Worcester Park, Surrey, appeared on Monday at Ipswich Crown Court.

She had pleaded guilty to an offence of bringing a prohibited article into a restricted place.

The court heard how Dye had immediately admitted the offence after she was arrested.

Prosecuting, Robert Sadd said Dye had no previous convictions and had co-operated with investigators.

Mr Sadd said Dye had been spotted by staff during a routine visiting session attempting to pass a small package of the class B drug to a serving inmate.

The package was seized and examination confirmed that it contained cannabis.

Defending, David Burgess said Dye had not at the time appreciated the seriousness of what she was doing and which had been at the request of an inmate.

Dye, who Mr Burgess said had been acting in a naive way, now regretted attempting to smuggle the cannabis into the prison.

Sentencing her, Judge John Devaux told Dye that attempting to bring drugs into prisons often resulted in an immediate custodial sentence but because of her lack of previous offending, early guilty plea and remorse it was possible to suspend the sentence.

Judge Devaux sentenced Dye to four months imprisonment suspended for 12 months with a requirement to remain under Probation Service supervision for 12 months.

The judge ordered the forfieture and destruction of the cannabis.