‘Shower gel’ sent to inmates contained £40,000 worth of Spice

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A Northamptonshire man has been jailed after disguising £40,000-worth of Spice as shower gel and mailing it into prison.

Jay Jeffery Coles was arrested at his Northampton home after the four plastic bottles arrived at the post-room of HMP Wayland in Norfolk in September last year.

When the illicit contents were discovered, an investigation was launched in order to identify the sender.

CCTV footage and postal tracking numbers ultimately proved Coles’ involvement.

The 26-year-old, formerly of Pleydell Gardens, previously pleaded guilty to sending a prohibited article into prison.

At Northampton Crown Court, on Tuesday January 5 2021, he was jailed for two years.

Det Insp Jim Heggs, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, (EMSOU), said: “When the four bottles arrived at the prison, they looked innocuous enough.

“They were in branded bottles and the yellow liquid inside looked like the pineapple and lemon zest soap, as advertised, but on further inspection the gel was found to be of a runnier consistency, smelling of chemicals rather than fruit.

“Suffice to say, following tests, the bottles were found to contain drugs worth up to £41,500 – mind-altering drugs that, had they made it into the prison population, could have seriously compromised the security of inmates and staff alike.”

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