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Jail for drugs smuggled in pants with washing-up liquid

A man who smuggled drugs into a jail in his pants and covered them in washing-up liquid to try to deter a sniffer dog has been jailed for 18 months.

The plan by Alexander Reynolds, 37, of Carmelite Road, Harrow Weald, London, failed to work and a dog at the Mount Jail in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, found heroin.

St Albans Crown Court heard they would have had a value in prison of £20,000.

He admitted bringing drugs into jail for friend Brian McDermott on 6 March.

The court heard Reynolds wore women's briefs, layers of clingfilm covered in washing up liquid and a pair of boxer shorts to attempt to mask the heroin.

Reynolds told the court he did not know he was carrying heroin and thought he was carrying cannabis.

He said he was "just a mule" for McDermott.

William Walsh, defending, said Reynolds had received no financial gain.

Judge Stephen Warner said he was sentencing him on the basis that he believed the package contained cannabis.

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