Lancashire

Prison worker and inmates involved in HMP Preston smuggling ring

John Burch Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption John Burch gave parcels containing drugs, alcohol, clothes, and mobile phones to three inmates

A prison worker, jailed for couriering prohibited items including drugs and alcohol into HMP Preston, was involved in a smuggling ring, it has emerged.

Three prisoners, Jordan Murray, 22, Joshua Hampson 26, and Adam Musker, 28, arranged for health worker John Burch, 44, to provide them with energy drinks, clothes, mobile phones and food.

The CPS said the trio had set up "a personal delivery service" and "thought they were above the law".

They have been given further jail time.

Burch was jailed in April 2015 after admitting wilfully neglecting to perform his duty as a holder of public office and police launched an investigation.

It led them to Murray, Hampson and Musker.


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Image caption Jordan Murray, Joshua Hampson and Adam Musker set up a "personal delivery service" for forbidden items, the CPS said

Sentences in full

  • John Burch: Sentenced to four years and six months for wilfully neglecting to perform his duty as a holder of public office
  • Jordan Murray :Sentenced to an additional four years and six months for two counts of conspiracy to bring, throw or otherwise convey items into prison and possession of a class B drug with intent
  • Joshua Hampson: Sentenced to an additional nine months for conspiracy to bring, throw or otherwise convey items into prison
  • Adam Musker: Sentenced to an additional nine months for conspiracy to bring, throw or otherwise convey items into prison
  • Christopher Graham, 39 :Sentenced to two years and eight months for two counts of conspiracy to bring, throw or otherwise convey items into prison and eight years for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs in connection with another matter
  • Jade Hiles: Sentenced to nine months suspended for two years and 100 hours unpaid work for conspiracy to bring, throw or otherwise convey items into prison

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Image caption Christopher Graham gave parcels containing drugs and alcohol to a prison health worker to take into jail for his son

Two others who assisted the operation from outside the prison have also been sentenced.

Murray's girlfriend, Jade Hiles, 25, and Christopher Graham, 39, supplied the parcels of items to Burch.

Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, Brett Gerrity, said the prisoners involved "thought they were above the law by orchestrating what was in effect a personal delivery service".

He said the items were "clearly intended for onward supply" to fellow prisoners.

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