A man has been jailed for six months for bringing drugs into Magilligan Prison.
Sean McGonigle (31), of 17 O’Connor Court, Derry, admitted bringing cannabis, Diazepam and BZP into the prison on September 7, 2012.
Derry Crown Court heard that the defendant was observed acting suspiciously on CCTV when he visited a friend in the prison. When he was detained by prison staff he was found to be holding a Kinder egg. On investigation the egg was found to contain suspected controlled drugs, which tests later confirmed were cannabis, Diazepam and BZP with a combined estimated street value of £85.
A prosecution barrister told the court that the defendant had a “lengthy record” including a previous conviction for possession of a class B drug in 2009.
He added that McGonigle was not known to police to have been involved in drugs trade in any way.
A defence barrister said the CCTV footage showed his client was not a “practised person in this sort of transaction”. He said it was “not a classic example of drug dealing”, adding it was a “one off”.
The crown court judge said the defendant had a “mass” of magistrate’s court convictions. Taking drugs into prisons was a serious offence and he “no alternative” but to send him to prison.
McGonigle was jailed for six months.