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Hairdresser jailed over Perth Prison drug smuggling

Perth Prison
Image caption Leah Cece was on a pre-arranged visit when prison officers noticed she was behaving suspiciously

A hairdresser has been jailed for 18 months after admitting smuggling drugs into a maximum security prison.

Mother-of-two Leah Cece, 30, of Dundee, agreed to take a large consignment of heroin into Perth Prison in a bid to pay off her own drug debts.

At Perth Sheriff Court, she admitted supplying heroin worth £1,250, cannabis resin and diazepam on 11 February.

A court was told Cece struggled with her drug addiction but had been a "reasonably good mother".

Her solicitor said drugs were "entrenched" in the Douglas area of Dundee and were being used by Cece's peer group.

Fiscal depute John Malpass told the court Cece was on a pre-arranged visit when prison officers noticed she was behaving suspiciously.

"The CCTV footage showed her clenching something in her fist," he said.

"Prison officers intervened and detained the accused. She was moved to a secure area and quizzed by staff.

"She was hunched over with her back to them and she began to cough. They suspected she was trying to swallow something and when challenged she handed over a cling film wrap."

Nick Markowski, defending, said: "It's a sad tale. She was a hairdresser. She has lost her tenancy, but losing it may be the best thing to happen to her.

"The area she was residing in and the peer group she had were all fairly entrenched in the drug culture. She has struggled with her drug addiction.

"Her over-riding concern is for her two children, aged nine and 11. She has been a reasonably good mother to them. They were lost sight of when the offence was committed."

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis told Cece that he had no option but to jail her because she had a previous conviction for supplying drugs.

He said: "If drugs are allowed into prison - aside from driving a coach and horses through prison regulations and the Misuse of Drugs Act - it also has the effect of continuing the drug addictions of those in prison and the problems that brings."

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