A criminal tried to smuggle 100 wraps of crack cocaine, cannabis, tobacco and a mobile phone into a prison by hiding it up his bottom.
Warwick Crown Court in Leamington Spa heard how Mohammed Siddiq, 24, inserted three condoms into his bum before turning himself in to police.
The 24-year-old, who was wanted on recall to prison, had hoped to pay off a debt by returning to jail with the products worth a staggering £8,000 still inside him.
However, Prosecutor Graeme Simpson said after Siddiq walked into the police station in March he was taken into a room where he was instructed to strip for a full-body search.
He then confessed: ‘I’ll be honest with you, I’ve got something plugged. It’s a small bit of weed and some tobacco.’
But after being taken to hospital, medics retrieved the condoms containing a staggering 100 deals of crack and a mobile phone, which was estimated at over £8,000.
He had been on licence from a 30-week prison sentence imposed in October last year for harassing his former partner.
Siddiq was wanted after being arrested for further offences of harassing his ex and common assault, for which he was subsequently jailed for six months.
On Monday Siddiq, of Coventry, was jailed for three years and four months after pleading guilty to possessing the class A drug with intent to supply.
Sentencing, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano said: ‘You were on licence and were being recalled, and you therefore handed yourself in to a police station, knowing you would be taken to prison.
‘You had clearly planned to be handing yourself in with a large quantity of drugs concealed on you, and the value of those drugs in prison would be over £8,000.
‘There were 100 deals of crack cocaine you had concealed in a relatively sophisticated way, thinking that having given up a small amount of cannabis, the officers would think that was it.
‘Bringing drugs into prison is much, much more serious than simply supplying them outside prison.
‘Drugs are a curse in the prison system. They lead to violence in prison and are part of many of the problems prisons are now suffering from.
‘The message must go out that those who bring drugs into prisons, even if they are succumbing to threats or pressure, must go to prison for a long time.
‘You also had a mobile phone. You can consider yourself very fortunate that doesn’t form part of this sentencing exercise.
‘Had you been charged with that as well, it is highly likely it would have been a consecutive sentence.’
Simon Hunka, defending, said: ‘The whole origin of this was a drugs debt. He had been given drugs himself to look after, and he was robbed of them.
‘That created a debt, and it was as a result of that debt that the request was made for him to do what he did.
‘He was going into the police station knowing he was going to be going to prison.
‘He was to be sentenced two days after this for offences unrelated to this matter, and that was known to others.’
Mr Hunka said his client was not a class A drug user himself, although cannabis had been a problem in the recent past.
He added that Siddiq was unemployed but not claiming benefits, relying on his mother, a social worker, and occasional cash-in-hand work.