A bent Croydon prison officer has been jailed for smuggling £90,000 worth of contraband, including cannabis and steroids, into HMP Wandsworth.

Patrick Dadey, 30, of Cecil Road, was sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty at Kingston Crown Court on Tuesday September 3.

An investigation led by the Prison Intelligence Unit found Dadey was transporting banned items into the prison and leaving them in the laundry room to be collected by an inmate.

On July 23 2018, a large stash which including cannabis, steroids, mobile phones, tobacco and other illicit items was found hidden in cereal boxes in the laundry room by another officer, who reported the discovery to management.

Dadey was arrested later that day and was subsequently charged with conveying List A and List B articles into a prison.

Detective Constable Amanda Lloyd led the investigation. She said: “It’s unbelievable that Dadey thought he could get away with his actions which are totally unacceptable.

"No one is above the law and bringing items into a prison, especially illegal items.

“I hope the sentence handed to Dadey deters others thinking about such crimes.”