Man posted cannabis to Mount prison

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A MAN posted cannabis hidden in Christmas cards to prisoners at The Mount jail in Bovingdon.

Elroy Charles, 20, was acting for others when he sent the cards to prisoners by recorded delivery, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Peter Shaw said the cards, which were received on December 31 last year, January 6 and February 3, contained only a small amount of the drug.

Police went to Charles’ home in East Ham, London, on April 20 to arrest him. They found two stalks of cannabis plants growing in a wardrobe in his bedroom.

When questioned he said he had not been paid to send the drugs, but it had cost around £15 to post them.

He had appeared before Haringey magistrates on April 4 where he received a suspended sentence for attempted burglary.

Charles pleaded guilty to three counts of smuggling cannabis into prison and one of possessing cannabis. He admitted the breach of the suspended sentence.

Defence barrister Jessica Sobey said Charles had sent the drugs on behalf of other unnamed people. She said he was fearful of people in his community when he carried out the crime.

Judge John Plumstead sentenced him to a total of 14 months in prison.