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Ivan Freeman-Lunt and Joe Baggaley who were part of a conspiracy which saw HMP Stocken guard Jack Nichols caught smuggling cannabis
Ivan Freeman-Lunt (left) and Joe Baggaley (right) used prison guard Jack Nichols to smuggle cannabis into jail (Picture: SWNS)

A prison guard been put behind bars after accepting money from drug dealers to sneak drugs into jail.

Jack Nichols had nearly 200g of cannabis resin in the glovebox of his car when he arrived for work at HMP Stocken in August 2019.

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He was caught out by a sniffer dog and a search of his vehicle revealed two blocks of the class B drug wrapped in clingfilm, ready to be smuggled in his trousers.

A further 100g of cannabis resin was found hidden in a cell at the prison in Rutland, East Midlands, which had been sneaked in previously.

Investigations revealed Nichols, 29, had been paid £4,000 by inmate Joe Baggaley to smuggle the contraband past his colleagues at the prison gates.

He had started sneaking in tobacco to make money to pay off debts but then it escalated to smuggling in illegal drugs, which sell for about 10 times as much in jail compared to on the street.

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Baggaley’s friend on the outside, James Hanks, was involved in collecting the drug from dealer Ivan Freeman-Lunt in Liverpool to give to Nichols.

Drugs. A former prison officer is among five men sentenced for a plot to supply cannabis into jail. See SWNS story SWMDprison. Jack Nichols trafficked the Class B drug into HMP Stocken in Rutland, where he worked as a prison officer. A drugs dog indicated at the 29-year-old staff member during a routine search in August 2019. Nichols admitted there was cannabis in his car ready to be stuffed into his trousers and walked in. Sure enough, a search of the car revealed two blocks of resin wrapped in clingfilm, weighing just under 200g, in the glove box. More of the same was discovered at Nichols? home, within a bedside table, as well as just under 100g already hidden in a cell at the prison. Further enquiries by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) found Nichols had been paid nearly ?4,000 to bring cannabis to inmate Joe Baggaley. The prisoner?s friend on the outside, James Hanks, was involved in collecting the drug from Ivan Freeman-Lunt in Liverpool, and Mitchell Dytiche was found to be involved in the bank transfers.
Investigations revealed Nichols, 29, had been paid £4,000 to bring cannabis into HMP Stocken (Picture: SWNS)
Joe Baggaley. A former prison officer is among five men sentenced for a plot to supply cannabis into jail. See SWNS story SWMDprison. Jack Nichols trafficked the Class B drug into HMP Stocken in Rutland, where he worked as a prison officer. A drugs dog indicated at the 29-year-old staff member during a routine search in August 2019. Nichols admitted there was cannabis in his car ready to be stuffed into his trousers and walked in. Sure enough, a search of the car revealed two blocks of resin wrapped in clingfilm, weighing just under 200g, in the glove box. More of the same was discovered at Nichols? home, within a bedside table, as well as just under 100g already hidden in a cell at the prison. Further enquiries by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) found Nichols had been paid nearly ?4,000 to bring cannabis to inmate Joe Baggaley. The prisoner?s friend on the outside, James Hanks, was involved in collecting the drug from Ivan Freeman-Lunt in Liverpool, and Mitchell Dytiche was found to be involved in the bank transfers.
Inmate Baggaley, 23, had a further three years added on to his current sentence (Picture: SWNS)

Another man, Mitchell Dytiche, was convicted with them all after he was found to be involved in the bank transfers.

All five men, who had previously pleaded guilty to their involvement, were sentenced at Leicester Crown Court yesterday.

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Nichols, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, was jailed for one year and four months for conspiracy to supply class B drugs, possession with intent to supply class B drugs, and conveying a prohibited item into prison

Baggaley, 23, got a further three years imprisonment – to run after his current term ends – for conspiracy to supply a class B drug

Freeman-Lunt, 42, from Liverpool, got two years and one month imprisonment for conspiracy to supply a class B drug.

Drugs. A former prison officer is among five men sentenced for a plot to supply cannabis into jail. See SWNS story SWMDprison. Jack Nichols trafficked the Class B drug into HMP Stocken in Rutland, where he worked as a prison officer. A drugs dog indicated at the 29-year-old staff member during a routine search in August 2019. Nichols admitted there was cannabis in his car ready to be stuffed into his trousers and walked in. Sure enough, a search of the car revealed two blocks of resin wrapped in clingfilm, weighing just under 200g, in the glove box. More of the same was discovered at Nichols? home, within a bedside table, as well as just under 100g already hidden in a cell at the prison. Further enquiries by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) found Nichols had been paid nearly ?4,000 to bring cannabis to inmate Joe Baggaley. The prisoner?s friend on the outside, James Hanks, was involved in collecting the drug from Ivan Freeman-Lunt in Liverpool, and Mitchell Dytiche was found to be involved in the bank transfers.
Nearly 200g of cannabis resin was found in Nichols’ car glovebox after he was caught out by a sniffer dog (Picture: SWNS)
Ivan Freeman-Lunt. A former prison officer is among five men sentenced for a plot to supply cannabis into jail. See SWNS story SWMDprison. Jack Nichols trafficked the Class B drug into HMP Stocken in Rutland, where he worked as a prison officer. A drugs dog indicated at the 29-year-old staff member during a routine search in August 2019. Nichols admitted there was cannabis in his car ready to be stuffed into his trousers and walked in. Sure enough, a search of the car revealed two blocks of resin wrapped in clingfilm, weighing just under 200g, in the glove box. More of the same was discovered at Nichols? home, within a bedside table, as well as just under 100g already hidden in a cell at the prison. Further enquiries by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) found Nichols had been paid nearly ?4,000 to bring cannabis to inmate Joe Baggaley. The prisoner?s friend on the outside, James Hanks, was involved in collecting the drug from Ivan Freeman-Lunt in Liverpool, and Mitchell Dytiche was found to be involved in the bank transfers.
Freeman-Lunt, 42, who supplied the drugs to a middle man in Liverpool, was jailed for two years and one month (Picture: SWNS)

Dytiche, 24, of, Smallthorne, Staffordshire, got a 20 month sentence, suspended for two years, for conspiracy to supply a class B drug.

Hanks, 25, from Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, got 18 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, plus a 20-day rehabilitation order, for conspiracy to supply a class B drug

Detective Inspector Dan Evans said: ‘On the street, this haul was worth just over £3,055, but behind bars drugs are much more valuable.

‘We estimated these men could have made in excess of £30,000 from the blocks we seized.

Drugs. A former prison officer is among five men sentenced for a plot to supply cannabis into jail. See SWNS story SWMDprison. Jack Nichols trafficked the Class B drug into HMP Stocken in Rutland, where he worked as a prison officer. A drugs dog indicated at the 29-year-old staff member during a routine search in August 2019. Nichols admitted there was cannabis in his car ready to be stuffed into his trousers and walked in. Sure enough, a search of the car revealed two blocks of resin wrapped in clingfilm, weighing just under 200g, in the glove box. More of the same was discovered at Nichols? home, within a bedside table, as well as just under 100g already hidden in a cell at the prison. Further enquiries by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) found Nichols had been paid nearly ?4,000 to bring cannabis to inmate Joe Baggaley. The prisoner?s friend on the outside, James Hanks, was involved in collecting the drug from Ivan Freeman-Lunt in Liverpool, and Mitchell Dytiche was found to be involved in the bank transfers.
The value of drugs in jail can be 10 times higher than on the streets (Picture: SWNS)

‘And not just that, the rivalry that can come from the vying for such illicit commodities by inmates can have serious repercussions for the stability of the prison environment.’

Prison governor Neil Thomas OBE said: ‘HMP Stocken will not tolerate corruption in any form and works in partnership with the police to bring to account all those who attempt to supply contraband into our prisons.

‘The sentence imposed by the court today will be welcomed by our hardworking and courageous staff, whose safety is undermined by the dishonest actions of a small number of corrupt individuals.’

There will be further court hearings to seize any criminal gains made though the operation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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