Men sentenced after using drone to smuggle drugs into prison Date published: 5th July 2017 12.08pm

Two men were sentenced for their part in attempting to use a drone to get a cocktail of illegal drugs into Risley prison.

On 23 June 2017 Paul Dunn, from Risley Prison was sentenced to 50 months at Manchester Crown Court after being found guilty of two counts of conspiring to bring an article into the prison and conspiracy to supply psychoactive drug at an earlier hearing.

Umar Hamid, 26, from Lydia Street, Accrington was sentenced to eight months after being found guilty of supply supplying a psychoactive drug at an earlier hearing.

Andrew Walch, 27, from Risley Prison was sentenced to 54 months in prison after admitting two counts of conspiring to bring an article into the prison and conspiracy to supply psychoactive drug at an earlier hearing.

Another man Renelle Carlisle, 24, was sentenced in October 2016 to three years two months for pleading guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, two counts of possession with intent to supply class B drugs and one count of possession with intent to supply Class C drugs.

The drone was forfeited along with the drugs back in 2016.

DS Mark Naylor said: “The two latest convictions show that whether you’re inside or outside and involved in arranging items to be brought into the prison, you will be dealt with robustly and we will continue to find those responsible so that we can put them before the courts.  This result reflects the severity with which the Courts treat offences such as these.“