West Midlands Police arrested Michael Tovey who is believed to be accused of using two drones to fly contraband into the prison’s exercise yard on October 29 and November 6 last year.
According to reports, in the first charges of their type brought by West Midlands Police, Tovey is allegedly facing a total of 13 counts of conveying banned items into a prison.
It is believed that Tovey attempted to drop a consignment into an exercise yard near N and P wings containing four phones, SIM cards, Black Mamba, steroids, and cannabis.
It was also claimed that Tovey was also responsible for a drone that crashed into the same yard eight days later, carrying two phones and further quantities of the same banned drugs.
Tovey, formerly of Lakes Road, Erdington, Birmingham, is due to appear at the city’s magistrates’ court on June 7.
HMP Birmingham was hit by large-scale disorder in December last year, leading to several inmates being charged with offenses of prison mutiny.
The disorder, which affected four wings of the prison and involved up to 500 inmates, is reported to have caused approximately £3 million worth of damage.
The jail was taken over by G4S in October 2011 – the first in England and Wales to be transferred into private management.
“It is also a further testament to the close working relationship between West Midlands Police and the prison security team and our resolve to use every law and means at our disposal to tackle those we believe are targeting the prison with drugs and mobile phones,” the director of HMP Birmingham, Richard Stedman said in statement.
He said the charges sent out a strong message about the prison’s determination to tackle the “insidious threat” from drones being used to smuggle items.
“We are absolutely determined to tackle the flow of illegal drugs and mobile phones into our prisons and turn them into places of safety and reform,” U.K. Prison Minister Sam Gyimah said in a statement in April.
“My message to those who involve themselves in this type of criminal activity is clear: we will find you and put you behind bars.”, he added.
Source: BBC News