Denton woman jailed for smuggling cocaine, cannabis and spice into HMP Forest Bank
Tuesday 17th April 2018 @ 18:30 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw News Tameside

Lucy Whitehurst

A Denton woman is one of three people to have been jailed after smuggling cocaine, cannabis and spice into HMP Forest Bank.

23-year-old Lucy Whitehurst, of Royle Street, has been jailed for four years and two months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to convey drugs into prison. Her sentence has taken into consideration two separate burglary offences from December 2016.

She was supplying drugs to 37-year-old Anthony Windsor and 31-year-old Dwayne Mulligan, who both also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to convey drugs into prison. Both have both had their sentences for previous offences extended; Windsor by four years and four months, and Mulligan by two years and eight months.

Anthony Windsor

Windsor was serving a sentence for a violent robbery in Stockport in 2015 at HMP Forest Bank and HMP Manchester, when police launched an investigation into the supply of prohibited items into prisons.

Prison officers at HMP Manchester discovered bank details of individuals connected to Windsor in a number of cells in the prison and alerted police. Their investigation identified cash transfers were regularly being made into Whitehurst’s bank account.

She, along with Mulligan, then used the money to buy drugs, which they brought into the prisons when they visited Windsor.

On Tuesday 13 December 2016, Whitehurst and Mulligan were arrested at HMP Manchester after they were caught passing a package of drugs to Windsor. Prison officers

Dwayne Mulligan

saw Whitehurst stand up to hug Windsor, while Mulligan retrieved a parcel from inside his clothing and placed it into the waistband of Windsor’s trousers.

The drugs were analysed and found to be cocaine, cannabis and Spice. Due to the fact that drugs in prison can be sold for up to five times the street value, it is thought the drugs were worth around £5,400.

Detective Constable Adam Cronshaw, of GMP’s Serious and Organised Crimes Group, said: “Greater Manchester Police are working closely with HMP Manchester and the Titan team to combat the smuggling of drugs and phones into prisons.

“We are determined to disrupt this type of organised crime and will relentlessly prosecute anyone involved. Drugs inside prisons prevent prisoners breaking their addiction and often gets them into debt. Drug abuse in prisons also leads to further crimes being committed and impacts on the safety of prison staff.”