A court officer who smuggled drugs and mobile phones into a prison has been jailed.

Umeir Akhtar, 27, who worked for security firm Serco at Inner London Crown Court, hid cannabis, alcohol and mobile phones in two prisoner’s paperwork to be taken into HMP Thameside in May last year.

He had also scrawled his phone number on the paperwork, Wood Green Crown Court heard.

Two mobile phones were also found hidden in a DVD player in the prisoner’s cell.

Detectives later discovered Akhtar had contacted prisoners by phone, the court was told.

In October last year, police also launched a separate investigation into the Leyton resident over firearms offences.

A search of his home, in Lea Bridge Road, revealed a revolver in a woman’s room.

The woman, in her 20s, was charged with possession of a firearm but this charge was later dropped when Akhtar admitted he had hidden the gun in her room.

He admitted smuggling banned items into a prison on October 13 last year at Southwark Crown Court.

Akhtar was jailed for six years and two months at Wood Green Crown Court on Thursday.

Detective Constable Robert Hinson said: “Umeir Akhtar abused his position as a Court Officer by providing three prisoners with mobile phones, a cannabis substitute and alcohol.

“The jail sentence handed to Akhtar today should act as a deterrent to all court employees who may be asked to traffic prohibited articles for prisoners in their care.”

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