BRITAIN - One-eyed police killer Dale Cregan has been busted for taking drugs in his high security prison cell. The lifer, who murdered two unarmed police officers, was in a segregation unit last night after he tested positive for an illegal substance.
Cregan was stripped of privileges as bosses launched an inquiry into how he got hold of drugs at Category A prison HMP Manchester. The violent drug dealer – who shot dead police officers Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32 – failed a random test, believed to have shown cannabis in his urine, according to a source.
The source said: “There is real embarrassment that Cregan, of all people, was able to access drugs. There are now questions being asked as to exactly how this has happened.”
Cregan, 31, was jailed for life last year for four murders in 2012. Officers Hughes and Bone were killed when he lured them to a house in Longendale, Greater Manchester. He fired a hail of bullets and threw a grenade at the women. Cregan was already on the run after murdering Mark Short, 23, and his dad David, 46, in separate attacks.
HMP Manchester, formerly known as Strangeways, was the target of smugglers raided in August when thousands of packets of drugs were seized. A prison spokesman said at the time: “There is growing evidence of carefully organised attempts to traffic drugs into prisons, with great efforts made by criminals to overcome improved security measures.
“The availability of illicit drugs in our prisons impacts greatly on prison life and can lead to violence and intimidation of both prisoners and their family.”
A Ministry of Justice spokesman declined to comment last night.
The Manchester Evening News/Oct. 22, 2014