North West Regional Organised Crime Unit
 

Four Men Jailed for drug offences - Operation Valek

Mon 03rd, Jul

Four men have been jailed for drug offences following an investigation by the North West Regional Crime Unit - Titan - into the supply of drugs into prison.

Four men have been jailed for drug offences following an investigation by the North West Regional Crime Unit - Titan - into the supply of drugs into prison.
On 12 August 2016 Titan officers saw a male being dropped off close to HMP Risley, Warrington and as a result of his actions he was stopped by officers and searched.
In his bag he was found to be in possession of a drone which had attached to it a package which was found to contain a quantity of cocaine, MDMA, cannabis, Temazepam and Nitrazepam tablets, Spice, smart phones and sim cards.
Titan Contraband In total the drugs were valued at £18,000 and the male, Renelle Carlisle, 23, of Chestnut Crescent, Preston, was arrested, charged and subsequently pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply and was sentenced to three years and two months in prison.
Detectives from Titan working in partnership with HMP Risley established links to a prisoner, Andrew Walch and subsequently two others, 26 year-old Umar Abdullah Hamid and Paul Dunn, 28.
All three were interviewed and Walch and Dunn pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Convey Prohibited Articles and Conspiracy to Supply a Psychoactive Substance.
They appeared at Warrington Crown Court and were sentenced. Walch was sentenced to four and a half years and Dunn was sentenced to four years and two months.
Hamid denied any knowledge of the plan to fly the drone into the prison. He admitted being in a conspiracy to supply Spice outside prison and was sentenced to eight months.
Detective Sergeant Tony Greenough said: “These sentences demonstrate the effective partnership working between Titan, the local police force and the prison service.
“The security of prisons is of paramount importance and any attempts to breach this security, will be treated extremely seriously. Anyone attempting to bring contraband into a prison will be dealt with robustly to identify not only those outside of the prison but also those inmates who seek to bypass the law.”
Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said: "We are determined to tackle the illegal flow of drugs and mobile phones into prisons and turn them into places of safety and reform.
"I am grateful for the work of our dedicated prisons officers, who worked closely with Merseyside Police to thwart the attempts of these offenders to smuggle drugs into HMP Risley.
"I welcome this sentence, which shows that we will not tolerate this kind of illegal activity and should send a message to those who involve themselves in this kind of behaviour that they run the risk of being jailed."