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Drugs and phones seized at HM Prison The Mount 

 Published on: 21st January 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A quantity of drugs and several mobile phones were seized during an operation to target people smuggling contraband into HM Prison The Mount in Bovingdon in December last year.

Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team, Operational Support Group, Scorpion team and the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit were involved in the operation, alongside staff from HM Prison The Mount.

Visitors on the day were stopped and searched, as well as their vehicles.

As a result, the officers arrested a 22-year-old man after 10 miniature mobile phones were allegedly found inside a shoe. Two packaged believed to contain Class A and B drugs were also found during the search.

The man was later released on bail and his vehicle was also seized for having no insurance.

Another male was reported for possession of cannabis after a small quantity was found and an Audi was seized for also having no insurance. 

A cell search was subsequently carried out as a result of the findings and located several banned items.

PC Karl Diggins, who led the operation, said: “We have been regularly running this operation for just over a year now and have managed to prevent a good haul of contraband, such as mobile phones and drugs from getting into the prison as a result.

“Several people have also been banned from visiting. We will continue to work with our partners at The Mount to conduct further days of action, in order to crackdown on those who are facilitating criminal activity.”

A spokesperson for the prison service said: “This an example of the excellent partnership working that exists between HMP The Mount and Hertfordshire Constabulary that prevents illicit items from entering the prison.”

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