A car mechanic from Birmingham has been jailed for seven years for planning to smuggle drugs into a prison to his brother who is serving life for murder.
Warren Gordon, of Turnpike Close, Sparkbrook, hid the heroin and cannabis in a Twix chocolate bar wrapper in an attempt to pass them on to Tyron Gordon in HMP Swaleside, on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.
Tyron Gordon was jailed for life in 2005 following the gangland shooting of 33-year-old Brian White in Quinton in 2002.
He was given a life sentence along with Neville Campbell and Leon Williams. The trio were part of a gang who called themselves The Soldiers of Sodom.
Maidstone Crown Court heard that Warren Gordon, a 25-year-old father of two, attempted to smuggle the drugs to his brother during a visit in February 2009.
The drugs – 6.39g of heroin and 15.8g of herbal cannabis – were shaped into “cling-film torpedoes” and hidden in the Twix wrapper.
Warren Gordon bought the confectionery with another visitor from the prison canteen.
Prosecutor Anne Phillips said a prison officer watching on CCTV noticed that one of the bars “appeared deflated” when they were placed in front of Tyron Gordon.
It was later discovered the bar contained one package containing heroin with a street value up to £320 and three wraps of herbal cannabis with a street value up to £79.
Warren Gordon denied putting the drugs in the Twix, but a partial DNA profile match was found on two of the cannabis “torpedoes”.
DNA was also recovered from the cling film around the heroin which could not rule out Warren Gordon.
Judge Charles Macdonald QC said that the drugs amounted to “commercial quantities in a prison context”.
Gordon denied two offences of possession with intent to supply, but was convicted on both charges.
He had previous drug-related convictions, including several for possession.
During his trial he returned each night to his home in Birmingham to see his newborn son. He also has a four-year-old daughter.