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January 6, 2015
Prisoner sent back to jail after convincing his grandmother to smuggle in steroids
Channings wood A prisoner has been sent back to jail after he cajoled his grandmother into smuggling illegal steroids into a Devon prison. Ricky Cousins persuaded his 64-year-old grandmother Marlene to risk her liberty by taking 96 pills into the visitors’ suite at Channings Wood Jail in Newton Abbot.
Warders became suspicious when they noticed she and Cousin’s mother Tracey were nervous and the steroids were found when they were searched.
Cousins, of St Whytes Road, Knowle, Bristol, admitted inciting his grandmother to supply drugs and was jailed for 14 months at Exeter Crown Court.
 He is currently serving a 12 month sentence at Exeter Prison for dangerous driving but would have been released within days but for this new offence.
His grandmother, aged 64 and of the same address, has already received a 12 months sentence for her part in the supply.
 Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, told Cousins:”You incited your own grandmother to take part in this offence and I have already sentenced her for what she has done.
“You have an abominable record generally but very little for drugs. However, it is always a serious offence to bring drugs into prison. That criminality is an aggravating feature.”
 Mr David Bowen, prosecuting, said:”The defendant was in Channings Wood prison in May when he was visited by his mother and grandmother. Security personnel became suspicious because of their nervousness and they were searched.
“The search of the grandmother revealed 96 and a quarter tablets of what was found to be a class C drug, namely steroids. Phone calls made before and after indicated he had encouraged his grandmother to supply the drugs.”
 Mr Bowen said Cousins’ only previous drug offences had been for possession of class B substances.
Mr David Miller, defending, said:”This man’s culpability lies in a single telephone conversation and no more than that. There were no letters and not further planning. He was doing no more than asking his grandmother to bring steroids, which were for him and nobody else.”