Man jailed for sneaking porn into prison

Stacey Drobac near Hull Crown Court.

Stacey Drobac near Hull Crown Court.

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A serial offender has been jailed for trying to smuggle two USB memory sticks containing pornography into the maximum security Full Sutton Prison near Pocklington.

Stacey Drobac, 37, strapped a small golf-ball sized package to his leg inside his underpants before he went to the visiting wing of Full Sutton after making and appointment to view his long standing friend De Costa Daniel.

Despite signs warning visitors to surrender mobile phones and drugs he attempted to enter the prison visiting room only to be searched and the package found.

Guards initially thought they had found drugs wrapped around the two memory sticks, but once it was analysed the substance was found to be legal.

Drobac admitted he fully intended to give the porn to his pal inside prison insisting it had been given to him by a man in the criminal underworld he refused to name.

Drobac, of Rossington Grove, Leeds, appeared at Hull Crown Court last Monday (11 May) for sentence after pleading guilty to a charge of attempting to convey a Class B band item into Full Sutton Prison.

“Prior to Drobac visiting Daniels, Drobac was searched and a package just under the size of a small golf ball was found concealed between his legs,” said Principal Crown advocate Phillip Evans.

“Full Sutton Prison is a maximum security establishment and it houses some of the most dangerous criminals in the country.”

“He’d done this, he said purely as a favour and was not expecting any monetary or other reward, and neither, he confessed was he under any pressure to take the memory sticks into prison.”

He said the conveying of mobile phone and drugs were more serious offences but the USB memory sticks could undermine the governance of the prison.

The court heard Drobac had 24 previous convictions and was last being given a suspended prison sentence in 2012.

Defence barrister Nicholas De La Poer said Drobac’s partner had two children and went out to work and she depended on him to look after them. “He is someone actively seeking work,” said Mr De La Poer. He said the case law around smuggling in prison mainly related to prison officers smuggling mobile phones into prison and this was not a case like that. He said although he accepted the sentencing guideline suggested a 12-month prison sentence the judges could step back from such a sentence as this was not a mobile telephone.

Judge Kate Buckingham retired to consider case law before returning to court and telling Drobac she had no option, but to jail him.

“Full Sutton is a maximum security prison, which houses many dangerous prisoners,” said Judge Buckingham. “The smuggling of any prohibited items inside to inmates is a serious matter. Even if this was not a mobile telephone, there must be a deterrent sentence.” Drobac rocked on his feet and sighed as he was jailed for seven-and-a-half months. He was led in cuffs to cells below court and a waiting prison van.