Doncaster man jailed after throwing packages containing bladed knives and drugs into prison

David Quinn has been jailed for 33 months Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A man from Doncaster who was caught trying to throw packages containing drugs and tobacco over the walls of HMP Doncaster Prison, has been jailed.

David Quinn, 29, of Florence Avenue has been sentenced to 33 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to convey illicit articles into Her Majesty’s Prisons.

At shortly before 3pm on Sunday 20 October last year, officers spotted Quinn in the undergrowth approaching the prison walls. He attempted to flee from officers, but was arrested following a short pursuit along the canal path in the direction of Sprotbrough.

Following his arrest, packages bound for the prison were recovered from him. They contained tobacco, syringes, needles, a mobile phone, 164 tablets, liquid testosterone, cannabis and a memory stick. Quinn was later charged with further offences of conspiracy to convey illicit articles into Her Majesty’s Prisons.While Quinn was remanded in prison, further enquiries into incidents of drugs being thrown over the prison walls were investigated and linked to Quinn, he was subsequently charged with further offences. 

The packages contained drugs spice and cannabis, tobacco, mobile phones and bladed knives. Investigating Officer DC Scott Jarvis, who arrested Quinn said:

To add to this there is no good reason that I can see to supply blades and knives into a prison other than to cause serious harm or even death to other inmates or staff. This will not be tolerated. We will continue to work with the prison and their staff to drive down the conveyance of illicit articles into their place of work and in turn provide a safer environment for them and inmates. 

DC Scott Jarvis, Prison Crime Unit

Quinn was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday 23 June and was ordered to pay a victims surcharge of £181. John Hewitson Serco’s Prison Director at HMP Doncaster, said:

We work closely with South Yorkshire Police to stop anyone trying to smuggle contraband into the prison and we are very pleased at this result. Drugs are a menace that cause real misery in prison and we are constantly working to stop them getting in using technology, dogs and intelligence in the fight.

John Hewitson, HMP Doncaster