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Prison drug smuggler is given six-month jail term

A man who admitted smuggling 40 grammes of cannabis resin into Magilligan Prison has been jailed for six months at the Crown Court in Londonderry yesterday.

Liam Michael Christie (34) committed the offences while visiting a sentenced prisoner on July 27, 2011.

He admitted supplying and possessing the cannabis resin as well as possessing 86 diazepam tablets which were found when police searched his flat after his prison arrest.

A prosecution barrister told Judge Philip Babington that Christie, from Alliance Avenue in Belfast, who had 26 previous convictions, called at the prison with another man to visit an inmate. Staff noticed both men acting nervously and saw Christie shaking hands twice with the inmate.

As the prisoner walked back to the prison wing following the visit, he was seen throwing a package containing the cannabis resin away.

Christie was then detained by staff.

The judge said because the supplying of drugs in a prison was a serious offence, he was imposing the jail sentence consecutive to a 10-month term Christie was currently serving for conspiracy to rob.

Belfast Telegraph