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Jail for man with ‘smart’ stun gun and mamba-laced paper

December 8, 2018
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This ‘Smartphone’ landed a Nottingham man in jail for five years.

It may look like an iPhone but this device is actually a disguised stun gun, which was found at Ashton Swanwick’s home in June of this year.

On Thursday 6 December 2018, at Nottingham Crown Court, the 25-year-old pleaded guilty to possessing the weapon and was jailed accordingly.

It was found by a Nottinghamshire officer at his house in Hendon Rise, St Ann’s, during an East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) investigation into intercepted mail at HMP Lowdham Grange, which contained synthetic cannabinoid mamba.

Swanwick’s fingerprints and DNA were found on the pieces of paper, which he’d been spraying with the drug and sending to an inmate.

A bottle of mamba was also found alongside the stun gun.

Swanwick previously admitted possessing the mamba and conveying it into prison, for which he received 28 months to run concurrently to the five-year sentence.

EMSOU’s DC Paul Cheetham said: "Ashton Swanwick hid his illegal activity in plain sight. He sent harmful drugs into prison secreted on writing paper, and he armed himself with a stun gun masquerading as a phone.

"These seemingly innocuous everyday items in unsuspecting hands could have caused serious injury. The weapon, in particular, posed a real risk and I’m just thankful we were able to remove it without anyone having been hurt."

Mark Hanson, Serco Contract Director at HMP Lowdham Grange, said: "We are very pleased with this sentence. We are working extremely hard and using technology, detection dogs and intelligence to stop the trafficking of drugs into the prison."

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