Prison guard investigated in drug probe

A MERSEYSIDE prison officer has been arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs into Walton jail.

The 30-year-old woman was detained at the prison with what was believed to be cannabis.

Mobile phones were also found in her car.

It is against the law for anyone, including prison staff, governors and barristers, to take mobile phones into the secure areas of the prison.

She has been suspended from duty and Merseyside police are investigating.

The woman, who has direct contact with inmates, was stopped taking the substance into the prison last Friday. It has been sent away for forensic testing.

Gerry Spencer, deputy governor at the prison in Hornby Road, said all visitors and staff were routinely searched before entering the premises.

He said: “The member of staff has been suspended without prejudice, pending police inquiries.

“The prison takes an extremely tough line when it comes to drugs. We will not tolerate any form of this kind of behaviour whatsoever by members of the public or members of staff and will use the full law against those people.”

A spokesman for Merseyside police said: “The woman was arrested at the prison on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. The car was searched and mobile phones were found.

“She has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.”