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Man admits attempt to smuggle drugs into Westgate prison

A social inquiry report was ordered on a man who admitted four charges of attempting to smuggle contraband into prison.

Dimitri Swan, 24, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court on Monday to an attempt to take cannabis, cigarette papers, tobacco and cannabis resin into Westgate prison.

The court heard police were called to the West End jail after they were alerted to a drug seizure on July 18, 2018.

Prison officers told police that “plant like material” and cigarette papers had been found in the lining of a hair grooming kit.

They said that Swan had delivered the bag to the prison for an inmate and they had documents signed by Swan when he delivered the bag.

Analysis of the bag revealed that it held 11.25g of tobacco, 33.97g of cannabis and 1.18g of resin.

A drug analysis expert suggested during an investigation that the contraband had a total street value of $1,925 and was likely intended for supply rather than personal use.

Swan, from Sandys, appeared in court on September 18 last year.

He at first pleaded not guilty to the offences, but switched his plea yesterday.

Karen King-Deane, for the Crown, and Bruce Swan, for the defence, suggested that two years of probation would be an appropriate sentence for Swan due to his age and lack of previous convictions.

Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe ordered a social inquiry report and adjourned the case until March 1 for sentence.

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