Smugglers' Tales

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Duration: 30 minutes

With compelling first-hand accounts, Panorama reveals the endless game of cat and mouse between prisoners determined to get their fix and officers equally determined to keep drugs out of their jails.

For the first time, visitors are caught on camera passing drugs to their nearest and dearest with hands as fast as any magician.

With exclusive access to a Category A jail, reporter Raphael Rowe hears from inmates and officers as well as from smugglers, mules and even a corrupt prison officer, fresh out of jail himself after being caught taking in drugs in return for money.

  • Prisoners: The truth about drugs in jail

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    Panorama had exclusive access to HMP Woodhill prison where reporter Raphael Rowe quizzed inmates about their views on drugs in prison.

  • Smuggling drugs into prison

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    Panorama has been given exclusive footage of drugs being smuggled into prison by visitors. In this clip reporter Raphael Rowe explains one of the techniques used to try to get drugs to prisoners.

  • Getting high behind prison bars

    One man's story of how a stint in prison led to a heroin addiction, a habit that led him to reoffend and landed him back jail.

    Read about one man's addiction
  • On the trail of drug smugglers in prison

    Read Raphael Rowe's Blog
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Credits

Presenter
Jeremy Vine
Participant
Raphael Rowe
Producer
Judith Ahern

Broadcasts

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