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Prison officer jailed

December 6, 2012, 3:05 pm

A Prison Officer who supplied cannabis to inmates at a Kent prison has been jailed.


Today, Thursday, 6 December 2012, Daniel McKenzie (28) of Cheriton Road, Folkestone, was sentenced to 5-years and 4-months behind bars after admitting four drugs related charges.


McKenzie was working as a Prison Officer on 28 February this year when he was seen to enter the cell of two prisoners. Entering a prisoners cell is against prison policy and McKenzie was suspended from duty.


An investigation was launched by officers from The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate and during interview McKenzie admitted supplying the two inmates with cannabis. He also admitted supplying cocaine to two of his friends and possessing cocaine with intent to supply.


McKenzie, who had previously completed corruption prevention training as a prison officer, resigned from his post in April. He was charged with the four drugs offences in August.


On passing sentence Judge James O’Mahony said: ‘You betrayed the trust of your employers, the public and your colleagues. What you have done undermines what is essential in prison – the maintenance of order.


Leading the investigation for The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate was Detective Constable James Unwin, who said: ‘McKenzie was put in a position of trust, which he then abused for his own gain. Those who serve the crown are expected to carry out their duties with the utmost professionalism and McKenzie not only failed to do this but also broke the law.


‘The substantial sentence imposed by the court reflects the severity of McKenzies actions and serves as a reminder of how important it is for public servants to maintain absolute integrity in every aspect of their role.


‘I would like to thank the prison service for their support throughout this investigation.

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