Wayland Prison staff member admits smuggling class A drug into jail

HMP Wayland Prison. Picture: Ian Burt

HMP Wayland Prison. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A civilian member of staff at HMP Wayland has been warned he faces jail after he admitted bringing drugs into prison after he was caught during a stop-and search check.

Duane Lee Parker, 39, of Silfield Avenue, Wymondham, was arrested following an incident at the prison in March this year where Subutex, an opioid Class A drug, was found.

Parker, who was smartly dressed in a dark suit for his appearance in the dock at Norwich Crown Court, admitted bringing Subutex into Wayland Prison, possession of cannabis and possession of the psychoactive substance, the drug Spice, with intent to supply on March 13, this year.

He also admitted misconduct in a public office between August 2016 and March 13 this year.

Chris Youell, prosecuting, said that the pleas offered by Parker were acceptable to the prosecution and a further charge he faced of money laundering, which he had denied, would now not be proceeded with.

He said: 'A money laundering aspect he has not accepted and we won't be seeking a trial in relation to that.'

John Morgans, for Parker, said he was a civilian member of staff at the prison employed through an agency and had originally been employed as a cleaner with no contact with prisoners, but instead found himself put in a role at the jail which was 'well out of his depth'.

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Mr Morgans asked for pre-sentence reports in the case and said that Parker had also suffered from some mental health issues in the past.

Judge Katharine Moore ordered reports and adjourned sentence to a date to be fixed but warned Parker the most likely outcome was for him to go to jail.

She said that his case crossed the custody threshold by a 'significant margin'.

However she said that he would get credit for his prompt guilty plea to the charges he faced.

Judge Moore gave Parker conditional bail and one of his conditions is that he does not contact any prison inmates or prison employees, replacing an earlier order made in the magistrates which excluded him from all prison grounds.

She also stressed that he must co-operate with probation for the preparation of the pre-sentence reports in his case.

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