Prison for man who flew drugs into jail.
Byline: MATTHEW COOPER News Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org @birminghammail.co.uk
A SMUGGLER who used drones to fly PS35,000-worth of drugs and other contraband into a prison has been jailed for five years.
Michael Tovey was found guilty of using two drones to transport quantities of cannabis and psychoactive drugs, mobile phones and chargers, SIM cards and needles into the grounds of HMP Birmingham.
In a statement issued after the 28-year-old's conviction, the Crown Prosecution Service said prison officers spotted a drone flying into an exercise yard on two occasions in October and November 2016.
Data analysis of previous flights made by both drones revealed they had been flown from or near Tovey's home address in Birmingham.
Fingerprints matching Tovey, formerly of Lakes Road, Erdington, were found on a bag carried by one of the drones, the CPS said.
Speaking after Tovey was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court, Edward Parton, a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the West Midlands CPS, said: "The prosecution team were able to use data analysis and forensic testing of the bag to link the drones to Michael Tovey.
"The defendant had previously been an inmate at HMP Birmingham and was trying to smuggle illegal items to an associate."