Wigan healthcare assistant jailed for smuggling cocaine into prison where she worked

Megan Woodham, 30, from Wigan was jailed for bringing the drugs into HMP Risley in Warrington.
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A healthcare assistant has been jailed for smuggling cocaine and ketamine into a prison where she worked.

Megan Woodham, 30, has been trolled online by social media users who joked she may have hid the drugs in her lips, which appear to have been plumped up by a filler. She was jailed for six years after being guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine and ketamine by smuggling it into HMP Risley in Warrington, Cheshire, when she worked there.

Woodham, of Wigan, was jailed on Monday alongside Daniel Doran, 32, and Kelsey Higgins, 26, after a two-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court. Doran and Higgins were also found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Doran, of Kirkby, Merseyside, was sentenced to 15 years in jail while Higgins, of Bootle, Merseyside, received 13 and a half years.

Valerie Doran, 54, also of Kirkby, Merseyside, was found guilty on 15 December for money laundering and is due to be sentenced on 20 January.

The investigation is in connection with a previous conviction of John Butler, 27, who was found in possession of 10kg of cocaine with an estimated value of £1 million.

Merseyside Police stopped a black Volkswagen car being driven by Butler carrying the drugs in January last year. He was jailed for eight years in February after admitting to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Detective Sergeant Peter Sloan said: “This was a complex investigation which has developed from the arrest of Butler and a subsequent investigation resulted from that stop check. Organised crime is hugely damaging to our communities, often involving intimidation, violence and creating fear and it is these criminals who run County Lines. Criminals involved in organised crime have no thought for anyone other than themselves, and their criminal intent and greed.”

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