A 40-year-old former prison officer has been jailed for six years and nine months at Guildford Crown Court after he was caught smuggling contraband into the prison where he worked.
On 30th June 2019, Joshua Bossman-Brandt of Ripplesmere in Bracknell was searched before starting his shift an HMP Coldingley at Bisley.
As a result of the search, he was found to have mobile phones, tabacco and an Xbox One.
A search of his vehicle outside the prison also resulted in some class A drugs being found.
Subsequent enquires also established that Bossman-Brandt had previously brought several items into the prison, including mobile phones, sim cards and tobacco.
At an earlier hearing at Guildford Crown Court, he admitted a total of eight offences.
Following the sentencing The Governor of HMP Coldingley, Joanne Sims, said:
“A case such as this brings to light the hard work of prison staff and police officers to uncover attempts to smuggle contraband items into and out of prison premises.
“It’s disappointing that a member of prison staff was involved, but I am pleased that intelligence was received that highlighted the offences being committed so that appropriate action could be taken.
“This result sends a clear message that such activity will be brought to light and punished.
“I’d like to thank my staff and the investigating officers for their hard work to build a clear picture of Bossman-Brandt’s activities”.
Detective Sergeant Jo Smith added:
“These offences first came to light after intelligence was received by the prison service and, working closely with the South East Regional Prison Intelligence Team, a search was carried out prior to Joshua Bossman-Brandt starting work on 30th June 2019.
“Our investigation subsequently revealed that he had made thousands of pounds from bringing banned items into the prison.
“Cocaine and cannabis were also found in Bossman-Brandt’s car outside of the prison.
“This sentence demonstrates the seriousness of Bossman-Brandt’s offences, and It sends a clear message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated”.
Detective Chief Inspector Ricky Dhanda, from the South East Regional Prison Intelligence Team (SERPIT), said:
“A significant amount of time was spent by our officers to assist Surrey Police in their investigation, which has resulted in today’s sentencing.
“We will continue to work the Prison Service and police forces across the South East to catch those who abuse their positions and aid criminals.”
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