A MUSLIM Imam has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs worth sixty thousand pounds into Belmarsh nick, say reports.
Mohamed Rawat, 49 allegedly stopped at the jail carrying more than 60 sheets of paper soaked in spice.
Rawat was detained at the prison gates after an investigation by an anti-corruption unit at the high-security jail in southeast London, according to The Mail on Sunday.
Sources at the prison said that the volunteer chaplain had been banned from going back while he was under investigation.
Rory Stewart, the prisons minister, has said that use of spice and other drugs is probably the main driver of prison violence. He said: “Its widespread use in prisons puts a huge strain on the NHS as ambulances have to be sent to inmates who have overdosed and it has been linked to suicides and violent deaths in cells.”
Mr Rawat was born in the Midlands and lives in north London. He describes himself as an “active religious leader” for his local community and volunteers as a school governor.
Scotland Yard said that a man arrested at Belmarsh last month had been released under investigation.