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British Prison Guard Sentenced for Contraband Smuggling Conspiracy

by Monte McCoin

More than 60 handwritten, sexually graphic letters contained all the proof that prosecutors needed to convict a female guard for her role in a conspiracy to smuggle phones, spice, Subutex, steroids, cannabis, porn and vodka into HMP Full Sutton in East Yorkshire, to give to prisoner Falak Alam.

Prosecutor Mark McKone said the guard, Anita Allenby, 57, “fell in love with [] Alam, despite being 29 years older than him.” He added, “Falak Alam might or might not have been in love with her, but they had a sexual relationship, as evidenced by the letters.”

The conspiracy, which took place in December 2014 and for several months prior, was led by Alam, who “used his profoundly intellectually disabled” brother, Arif Alam, to deliver the contraband to Allenby. The guard then smuggled the items into the prison. According to court records, Alam offered to pay £1,500 for three memory sticks loaded with pornography and £500 per phone.

On June 24, 2017, Hull Crown Court Judge David Tremberg sentenced Allenby to 5 years and 10 months in prison after she admitted to charges of conspiracy to supply MDMA (ecstasy), conspiracy to supply cannabis and conveying cell phones into the facility.

“You, Anita Allenby, well knew that the relationship itself, and what was to follow, was fundamentally incompatible with your role as a prison officer,” Tremberg stated. “To behave as you did was a root and branch abuse of trust and a dereliction of your core duty.”

The Alam brothers also received prison terms for their parts in the scheme. Falak will serve an additional 6 years and 3 months consecutive to his current sentence, while Arif was sentenced to 2½ years. 



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