A prisoner stashed drugs and a mobile phone in his cell after the were dropped into the prison yard by drone.

Sean Hayes, 29, was serving a sentence for burglary at HMP Wymott when he took delivery of 300g of cannabis and a mobile phone in November 2017.

But despite admitting his crimes, Hayes has waited almost two years to be brought to justice, landing him a shorter sentence.

Preston Crown Court heard guards at the prison in Leyland spotted the drone and started an investigation.

They searched Hayes’ cell and found a mobile phone and charger hidden in a speaker and the drugs stashed inside a light fitting.

The drugs had a street value of £1,380 but would be worth upwards of £7,000 behind bars, the court heard.

Hayes admitted he was storing the drugs for convicted killer Gareth Birmingham after running up a debt to him.

But he was not interviewed by police until June 2018 and was only summoned to court in July 2019 to formally enter his pleas.

Hayes pleaded guilty to both counts and appeared by video link to be sentenced.

 

Judge Andrew Jeffries QC said Hayes had a realistic prospect of release from his burglary sentence in December this year, but given the gravity of the offence he would have to impose a consecutive sentence which would delay his release further.

Judge Jefferies said: “A drone delivered items into prison where prison officers carried out checks.

“Shortly they found you in possession of the phone, which was yours, and they also found 300g of cannabis.

“Your basis of plea was that you were not dealing within prison to other inmates, you were storing it for another, ie Mr Birmingham.

“He is a lifer. He has pleaded guilty to a simple possession in the lower court.

“There has been a history to this case which has been wholly unacceptable and frankly, embarrassing.

“I do have sympathy for the fact of the delay but the reality is that you were always going to receive a consecutive sentence.”

He jailed him for nine months to run consecutively.