A Dewsbury mother of four has been jailed after she tried to smuggle five phones and drugs into Leeds prison hidden in her knickers.
Nicola Jane Fortis was caught after she went to the visitor centre at Armley jail on July 14 last year intending to visit her partner who was serving time for armed robbery.
Mehran Nassiri, prosecuting, said an officer who searched Fortis felt something hard near her groin and she was taken to a private room for a more thorough search.
He told Leeds Crown Court today (Thurs) Fortis then produced a rectangular package wrapped in clingfilm from inside her underwear.
When it was unwrapped the officers discovered an iPhone, four miniature phones all with USB cables, 100 steroid tablets and 791 grammes of the drug known as “Spice”.
Mr Nassiri said in prison the value of the haul was estimated at around £3,000. Fortis made no comment when questioned but had a previous similar conviction for taking prohibited items into prison receiving 15 months prison in 2011.
Anastasis Tassou, representing Fortis, said: “She knows there can be only one outcome to this sentence hearing and she is prepared for it.”
“Her partner was the person whom she was visiting. He is serving 10 years for armed robbery having left her with four children, the youngest only 13 months old.
“She had some pressure placed on her by her partner and other third parties due to debts which had arisen before and during his incarceration.”
Mr Tassou said Fortis was pulled into a car and given the items she was to take in, in settlement of the debt and knew there was a chance she would be caught. Her children were now being looked after by her parents.
Fortis, 35, formerly of Mountain Crescent, Thornhill, admitted two offences of conveying listed articles into prison and one of possessing a psychoactive substance with intent to supply.
Jailing her for a total of two years eight months, Judge Tom Bayliss QC said he had taken into account her young family but there had to be a long sentence to deter others from such action.
“You of all people must have known the risks you were taking,” he told her.
He added it was a serious offence to take drugs and phones into prison because of the problems they caused the authorities in keeping order.