A disturbance at a Scots prison which led to an entire wing to be locked down could be linked to drug-soaked socks.

Sources claim the incident at HMP Addiewell in West Lothian was linked to inmates taking Valium which was smuggled into the prison using rolled up socks which are soaked in it.

The tablets can be dissolved before the clothing is covered in it and dried out.

Visitors to the jail are then said to drop off the clothing for prisoners who have requested the items.

The source claimed the drug-soaked socks are allegedly managing to get through the security scanning process and into the hands of prisoners.

The woman added that a prisoner told her a wing had to be locked down as the prisoners were allegedly high on valium.

Prison sources yesterday claimed the wing disturbance was not believed to be linked to valium.

HMP Addiewell, which is run by Sodexo Justice Services, confirmed there was an incident at the prison yesterday.

The spokesman said: “We can confirm an incident occurred which resulted in a wing being locked up on Wednesday, February 19.

“Our staff work hard to prevent illicit items entering the prison. We have introduced drug detection technology to support the great work being carried out by our drug detection dogs and continue to work very closely with police to identify, catch and prosecute those involved in the drugs trade.”

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We previously told how letters laced with ‘zombie drug’ Spice were seized 96 times in just one year at the Scots jail.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that the contraband was detected before entering the prison but sources feared it was just the tip of the iceberg.

Police carried out a series raids in April last year after concerns were raised that cons were making the most of poor staffing levels to bring in the mind-bending substance.