Cannabis man jailed

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A WIGAN convict’s secret stash of cannabis which he hid inside his body was discovered by a metal-detecting chair on his arrival at jail.

Anthony Riley was being admitted to Forest Bank Prison in Salford when he set off the high-tech scanner’s alarm.

The 27-year-old originally claimed it must have gone off because he had metal pins in his legs and then claimed not to understand what was happening before owning up.

Riley, of Broom Road, Worsley Hall, had wrapped the ounce of cannabis in tin-foil and put it in a condom.

He has now been jailed for 10 months after he admitted conveying a listed article into prison.

Philip Dobson, prosecuting, told Manchester Crown Court that Riley had been about to begin a three-month sentence when the cannabis, valued at around £200, was discovered on June 24 last year.

The sentence was imposed after he breached a suspended sentence for drink-driving which had been put in place of a community order he had failed to comply with.

The court accepted Riley’s claim that the drugs were for his own personal use and that he did not intend to deal them behind bars.

Martin Reid, defending, said Riley had been associating with drug users from as young as 10, and that substance abuse had blighted his life.

He said Riley’s early criminal record, which includes burglary, painted a picture of a “young man needing money for drugs”.

He also had convictions for possessing drugs and possessing drugs with intent to supply.

Riley said he how wanted to use his time behind bars to change his life and get a job. Sentencing Riley, Miss Recorder Ryland, said his crime was a “serious matter” and that the sentence had to have a deterrent element.

“I can only commend you for your intention to change your life - I hope that when you do finish your term of imprisonment you will make that change,” she said.