Worksop: Mum faces jail for smuggling legal highs into Lincoln prison

Lincoln Crown Court
Lincoln Crown Court
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A mother of four is facing prison after she was caught attempting to smuggle supplies of a legal high into Lincoln Jail.

Sharon Bolton was arrested after she attracted the attention of prison officers while visiting a former partner who was being held at the jail.

Chris Gabbitas, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court: “She was observed to be acting in a suspicious manner. She was fidgeting and appeared to be nervous.”

“She was seen to pass to the prisoner some form of package that she took from beneath her top. The prisoner placed that package down the front of his jeans.”

“The defendant was detained and the prisoner was searched. Two cling film wraps were found secreted in a pouch in the front of his boxer shorts.”

Bolton was also searched and was found to have a small amount of amphetamine on her.

The wraps were later found to contain Voodoo, a herbal incense legal high, which is banned from prisons.

Mr Gabbitas said: “When she was interviewed she gave an account that the prisoner had been a former partner and they were just friends. She admitted passing the items to the prisoner.”

“She said she was given the package of voodoo by an unknown male in Worksop. He told her to get the package to the prisoner or her windows would be put in and her house would be trashed.”

Sharon Bolton , 38, of Mary Street, Rhodesia, Worksop, admitted conveying a prohibited item into prison as a result of the incident on 21 June. She also admitted possession of amphetamine on the same day.

Sarah Munro, defending, said:“She didn’t know the person who originally contacted her but she was under no illusions.”

“He told her that her windows would be put through. She decided she was in a no-win situation.”

“She was almost inevitably going to be caught because she was not used to doing this sort of thing.”

“She didn’t do it for herself. The relationship was finished.”

“She bitterly regrets getting involved. She bitterly regrets not being stronger and resisting and saying no.”

Recorder Steven Evans adjourned sentence for three weeks to obtain further information about Bolton and granted her bail.

But he told her:“By far and away the most likely sentence is a custodial sentence. It would be unfair to say otherwise.”

“In my view we are not ready to pass sentence. I need a bit more information about you.”