The drugs problem in Britain’s largest prison is at its worst yet, with lags taking around £1 million-worth every year, a report states.
Illegal mobile phone use at Wandsworth Prison was also rife, the Independent Monitoring Board found. Its report blamed corrupt prison staff, volunteers and contractors for smuggling in contraband. Official statistics hid the reality of the drugs problem, the board said, with prisoners switching from cannabis to harder drugs which leave no trace after just 24 hours.
Searches should be carried out on everyone entering the prison to stop drugs getting in, and technology used to jam mobile phone signals, the board said. And it expressed “grave concerns” about the number of inmates given methadone. Around one in 10 of the 1,600 prisoners at the south London jail are given it or other heroin substitutes.