Prison Drugs (5145/14)

Request

1. How many people have been arrested for smuggling, or attempting to smuggle drugs into HM prisons within your force area in each of the last 5 financial years, (2009/2010, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14)? Please provide a breakdown by prison.

 

2. How many people have been charged with smuggling, or attempting to smuggle drugs into HM prisons within your force area in each of the last 5 financial years? Please provide a breakdown by prison.

 

 

3. Of the drugs that were intercepted by police as they were smuggled, or attempted to be smuggled HM Prisons within your force area, can you tell me how many of the incidents in each of the last 5 financial years related to the following route: (please provide a breakdown by prison)

a) With visitors;

b) Over the prison wall;

c) In the post and parcels;

d) Brought in by prisoners;

e) Through staff.

 

 

4. Of those people arrested for smuggling, or attempting to smuggle drugs, in each of the last 5

financial years, how many were: (please provide a breakdown by prison)

a) Inmates;

b) Visitors;

c) Solicitors or legal staff;

d) Prison Officers;

f) Other prison staff

 

5. Of the drugs intercepted in each of the last 5 financial years, please provide a breakdown of the type of drug involved in each incident. (Please provide a breakdown by prison).

 

6. What was the total weight of the drugs seized as they were smuggled or attempted to be smuggled into in each of the last 5 financial years, (please provide a breakdown by type of drug and by prison)

 

7. What is the total street value of the drugs seized that were smuggled, or were attempted to be

smuggled into HM Prisons within your force area in each of the last 5 financial years? Please provide a break down by prison.

Response

1. How many people have been arrested for smuggling, or attempting to smuggle drugs into HM prisons within your force area in each of the last 5 financial years, (2009/2010, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14)? Please provide a breakdown by prison.

 

West Midlands Police do not record any offences as ‘smuggling’ the closest offence title is ‘ Trafficking in controlled drugs’. All offences relate to Winson Green Prison.

 

Arrests for trafficking in controlled drugs

 

2009/10 = 4

2010/11 = 3

2011/12 = 0

2012/13 = 5

2013/14 = 3

 

2. How many people have been charged with smuggling, or attempting to smuggle drugs into HM prisons within your force area in each of the last 5 financial years? Please provide a breakdown by prison.

 

2009/10 = 4

2010/11 = 3

2011/12 = 1

2012/13 = 4

2013/14 = 3

 

 

3. Of the drugs that were intercepted by police as they were smuggled, or attempted to be smuggled HM Prisons within your force area, can you tell me how many of the incidents in each of the last 5 financial years related to the following route: (please provide a breakdown by prison)

a) With visitors;

b) Over the prison wall;

c) In the post and parcels;

d) Brought in by prisoners;

e) Through staff.

 

Drug Trafficking in Winston Green Prison – Route into prison
Route 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 Total
With visitor 4 3 1 1 1 10
Brought in by prisoner 0 0 0 0 1 1
Unknown 0 0 0 4 1 5
Total 4 3 1 5 3 16

 

 

 

4. Of those people arrested for smuggling, or attempting to smuggle drugs, in each of the last 5

financial years, how many were: (please provide a breakdown by prison)

a) Inmates;

b) Visitors;

c) Solicitors or legal staff;

d) Prison Officers;

f) Other prison staff

 

Drug Trafficking in Winston Green Prison – Person arrested
Route 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 Total
Visitor 4 3 0 1 1 9
Prisoner 0 0 0 4 2 6
Total 4 3 0 5 3 15

 

 

5. Of the drugs intercepted in each of the last 5 financial years, please provide a breakdown of the type of drug involved in each incident. (Please provide a breakdown by prison).

 

Drug Trafficking in Winston Green Prison – Drugs seized
2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 Total
Cannabis 3 2 0 1 3 9
Cocaine 1 0 0 0 0 1
Heroine 0 1 0 3 0 4
Mephodrone 0 0 1 0 0 1
Buprenorphene (Subutex). 0 0 0 1 0 1
Total 4 3 1 5 3 16

 

 

 

6. What was the total weight of the drugs seized as they were smuggled or attempted to be smuggled into in each of the last 5 financial years, (please provide a breakdown by type of drug and by prison)

 

There is no recorded information held

 

7. What is the total street value of the drugs seized that were smuggled, or were attempted to be

smuggled into HM Prisons within your force area in each of the last 5 financial years? Please provide a break down by prison.

 

As above

 

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

 

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

 

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

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