Arrests over drone plot to smuggle drugs into prison

Ten people have been charged over a large scale plot to smuggle drugs and phones into prisons across England using drones.

The eight men and two women – all from the West Midlands – have been charged with three counts of conspiracy to supply drugs, psychoactive substances and banned items.

It’s alleged the group used drones to drop the contraband consignments over prison walls at HMP Birmingham, HMP Oakwood and Featherstone, HMP Hewell, HMP Risley, HMP Wymott and HMP Liverpool. 

The ten charged are:
•    Paul Payne aged 33 Broad Street, Coseley 
•    Callum McDonough aged 25 from Shenley Field Road, Northfield 
•    Shane Hadlington aged 29 from Sycamore Lodge, Oldbury
•    Hannah Williams aged 34 from Horton Street, Tipton
•    Stella Deakin aged 40 Boundary Hill, Dudley 
•    Richard Harrabin aged 27 from Perton Grove, Weoley Castle 
•    Jake Blewitt aged 20 from Highfield Road, Tipton 
•    Dwayne Tinker aged 20 Lindridge Drive, Minworth 
•    Ryan Greaves aged 21 from Kimberley Walk, Minworth 
•    and 43-year-old Robert Morris from Sedgeley Road West in Tipton

All 10 were arrested during morning raids on Wednesday as part of an investigation by the West Midlands Regional Prison Investigation Team based in Birmingham.


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