Two men jailed over Magilligan prison drug smuggling

Two men involved in attempting to smuggle cannabis, cannabis resin, and diazepam, into Magilligan prison, have been jailed for four months at Londonderry Crown Court.

Conor Joseph Woods, 28, from Laganbank Road, Belfast, admitted supplying the drugs.

John Paul Gormley, 25, from Bridgeford Meadows, Portadown, County Armagh, admitted possessing the drugs.

Woods has 15 previous convictions and Gormley has 70.

Woods was recorded on CCTV in the prison's visitors room passing the drugs wrapped in cling film to Gormley during a prison visit in March 2013.

Gormley was filmed putting the cling film into his trousers and when he was later searched by prison staff they were found inside his boxer shorts.

The cling film was found to contain 104 diazepam tablets, 7.5g of cannabis resin and 1.7g of herbal cannabis.

Jailing both men, the judge criticised the delay in bringing the case to court.

He said the offences occurred in March 2013 and forensic reports were completed in July of the same year but the preliminary enquiry hearing did not take place until October 2013.