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A six-month investigation into people smuggling banned items into prisons was carried out by a specialist team at West Midlands Police, leading to two prison officers, an inmate and his wife being charged.
The Serious and Organised Crime Unit, working with HMP Birmingham, focused on the supply of drugs and other banned items to serving inmates.
Prison officer Julie Turton, 53, and her son Sam, 27, face allegations of drug dealing and theft along with prisoner Arteef Hussein and his wife Shelah Arif.
They will all appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on October 28.
A prison officer has today been charged with smuggling cannabis through security and supplying the drug to inmates.
Julie Turton, aged 53, is an officer based at HMP Birmingham in Winson Green and is accused of being part of gang working to get the Class B drug behind bars.
Turton, of Hembs Crescent, Hamstead, Birmingham, was this morning charged with conspiracy to convey cannabis into a prison, supplying cannabis and misconduct in a public office.
Former HMP Birmingham inmate Arteef Hussain, 25, currently serving time at Stoke Heath Prison in Shropshire, has been charged with conspiracy to convey cannabis into a prison, as is his beautician wife Shelah Arif, 25, of Foxdale Grove, Kitts Green, Birmingham.
he is also charged with possession with intent to supply.
And Turton's son Sam, 27, who is an officer at the same prison, has been charged with three counts of theft.