Birmingham prison officer charged with supplying drugs

Amongst four arrested following investigation at HMP Birmingham.

A 53-year-old female prison officer has been charged with misconduct in a public office and drugs offences this morning.

Julie Turton, aged 53, is a prison officer based at HMP Birmingham in Winson Green, Birmingham. She, along with Arteef Hussain, 25, an ex-prisoner of HMP Birmingham and his wife Shelah Arif, 25, were all arrested as part of a West Midlands Police investigation into allegations of drug dealing and theft at the prison between May 2011 and May 2013.

In addition, Turton’s son, Sam Turton, 27, and also a prison officer at HMP Birmingham, has been charged with theft.

Julie Turton, of Hembs Crescent, Hamstead, Birmingham has been charged with conspiracy to convey cannabis into a prison, supplying cannabis and misconduct in a public office.

Arteef Hussein, of Stoke Heath Prison, Market Drayton, Shropshire is charged with conspiracy to convey cannabis into a prison.

Shelah Arif, a beautician, of Foxdale Grove, Kitts Green, Birmingham is charged with conspiracy to convey cannabis into a prison, possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Sam Turton, of Hembs Crescent, Hamstead is charged with three counts of theft


The charges follow a six month investigation by the Serious and Organised Crime Unit of West Midlands Police, in partnership with HMP Birmingham. The proactive investigation focussed on the supply of drugs and other prohibited material to inmates within the prison.


All are due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates on Monday 28th October.