A WOMAN has admitted taking drugs and tobacco into HMP Berwyn in Wrexham.

Ying Ping Lam, 39, appeared at North East Wales Magistrates Court at Mold where she pleaded guilty to supplying 15.7 grammes of cannabis to prisoner Philip Foster.

Lam, of Alder Close in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester, also pleaded guilty to possessing 218 grammes of cannabis with intent to supply, and taking more than 10 grammes of nicotine into the prison on January 13.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson told the Mold court Lam visited Foster and they were seen to be acting suspiciously.

Both were taken to one side by custody officers and searched.

She had passed him cannabis and further cannabis was found on her.

The cannabis could be valued at anything up to £3,700 in a prison environment and the nicotine could be worth £1,000.

District Judge Gwyn Jones committed her case to the crown court for sentence.

She was bailed to appear at Mold Crown Court next month.

He warned that immediate custody would be considered at the crown court.

At an earlier hearing at the crown court Foster received an extra 12 month sentence after the court heard how he was bullied into receiving a package of drugs and tobacco.

The court heard that threats had been made to his family.

Foster, 22, agreed to a visit from a young woman he did not know and as they kissed she passed him a package.

He was so nervous, he attracted the attention of officers.

They stopped him as he left the visitor hall.

Foster, serving a three year sentence for drugs offences, received a consecutive 12 month sentence after he admitted taking prohibited articles into prison.

Judge Timothy Petts said it was a highly aggravating feature that the drugs were being taken into a prison because they undermined discipline and rehabilitation and led to extortion and bullying.

Immediate deterrent sentences were called for even when there was coercion and threats involved, he said.