Prisoner with drugs in pants tried to hide phone in his body

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A prisoner with drugs in his pants tried to hide a mobile phone in his body as he was being strip-searched at a Devon jail, a court heard.

Convicted robber Mickell Douglas, who previously lived in Horfield, tried to secrete the handset and charger inside himself.

But prison officers at HMP Dartmoor managed to grab the phone, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

The 25-year-old had set off a metal detector as he walked back to his cell after a social visit, reports Plymouth Live.

A judge told him that phones and drugs were dangerous behind bars because they were valuable commodities.

Judge William Mousley said that phones allowed criminals to carry on committing offences from their cells.

But he suspended his prison sentence after hearing that Douglas was working with probation officers after his release a couple of weeks ago.

The judge added: “I will pass a sentence which will leave this hanging over you for a period. Had you still been in prison, you would have received another custodial sentence.”

In 2018, Douglas used a hammer to rob H&T Pawnbrokers in East Street, Bedminster. For his crimes, he was jailed for 40 months.

Katie Churcher, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that Douglas was returning to his cell from a social visit when he activated a metal detector.

She added that he was taken into side room for a strip search.

Miss Churcher said officers found 55 tablets of the anxiety drug pregabalin in the back of his boxer shorts.

She added: “He started to struggle with the officers and tried to secrete something inside himself.”

But the court heard the officers managed to seize an L8 mobile phone and an improvised charger from him.

Nick Lewin, for Douglas, said that his client had only been released about a fortnight before.

He added: “He seems at the moment to be grasping the opportunities on post release supervision in that limited time. He is demonstrating the shoots of change.”

Mr Lewin said Douglas was living at a probation hostel in Portsmouth.

The barrister added that he had voluntarily agreed to wear a GPS tag – which could pinpoint him a the scene of any trouble in the future.

Judge Mousley handed Douglas a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He must abide by a curfew between 7pm and 5am every night until November 27.

Douglas must also complete 15 days of probation’s Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

He also ordered the confiscation of the phone and the drugs.

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