Ingenious lag asked girlfriend to bring socks soaked in spice into prison

A lag was caught asking his girlfriend to bring drugs into jail by using soaks soaked in spice.

A visitor to a prison in Leicester was arrested after attempting to smuggle spice, a powerful synthetic drug, to her locked-up boyfriend through socks.

The suspicious socks were meant as a present but turned out to be "heavily impregnated" with the illegal man-made cannabinoid.

24-year-old Tanya Dawes, who has recently changed her surname from Hodgkins, was visiting her boyfriend in city's Welford Road jail on March 3 last year when she attempted the sneaky scheme, Leicester Crown Court heard.

Dawes admitted conveying into prison a prohibited item MDMB, known as spice, Leicestershire Live reports.

Judge Philip Head asked if the socks would have to be boiled to make use of the class B drug.

The prosecutor, Mark Achurch, said the soaked socks were likely to have been "burned and smoked" to extract the chemical.

He said the defendant was also found to have incriminating messages on her mobile phone, including discussions about what type of socks would best absorb the spice and about transferring money to someone to buy the drug for her boyfriend.

Dawes' barrister, Pieter Briegel, said his client changed her surname from Hodgkins by deed poll in March this year.

He said she was now using the same surname as her boyfriend, Brad Dawes.

Judge Head adjourned the case for the preparation of a pre-sentence report but added: "People who bring drugs into prison usually go inside.

"I don't want there to be any false optimism by the fact I am ordering a report."

Mr Briegel said: "She understands all sentencing options are open to the court."

Dawes, of Mayfield Street, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was released on bail.

She is due to be sentenced on October 15.

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