Worthing man and teenage girl sentenced after drug smuggle into prison

Daniel Coop and Kevin Smith
Daniel Coop and Kevin Smith

FOLLOWING a drug smuggle into a prison last year a Worthing teenage girl and man were sentence last week (July 12).

Daniel Coop, 26, of Whitbeam Road and Shanice Simmons, 18, of Dominion Road, were sentenced at Hove Crown Court after their involvement in smuggling cannabis into Lewes Prison.

Coop and Simmons were visiting Kevin Paul Smith, who was serving a four year sentence for smuggling drugs into another prison a few years ago, on April 15 last year, at Lewes Prison.

Simmons was spotted on CCTV passing a package to Smith, which was seized by prison staff and found to contain 21 grams of cannabis.

Simmons and Coop were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs and were charged on January 27, 2012, with smuggling a prohibited item into HMP Lewes.

Coop received a six month prison sentence and Simmons was sentenced to six months at a youth offenders institute.

Smith was charged on January 30, 2012, with possession with intent to supply cannabis. He pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and was sentenced along with Simmons and Coop at Hove Crown Court on July 12.

Detective Constable Peter Coutts, of East Sussex CID, said: “The sentencing of these three people sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate drugs in our prisons and that we will work with our colleagues to bring those responsible to justice.

“Both Coop and Simmons showed little regard for the prison rules and were fortunately caught in the act breaking them.”