Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Drunk Tank

The long arm of the British law has finally reached out and embraced our buddy ol' pal Pete Doherty after repeated violations on his part of all the probation sentences that have been handed down to him for all of the various arrests he's been subjected to over the past year. The Sun managed to secure photos of Pete from inside his prison walls to give us a taste of what life is like for Pete behind bars ... take a look:

JAILED rocker PETE DOHERTY stares vacantly in his cell — amid revelations he is shooting up heroin in the prison's DETOX unit. The junkie singer, 29, has been injecting smack smuggled into London’s tough Wormwood Scrubs slammer. Doherty, jailed for snubbing rehab orders, is paying for the drugs by begging credit from fellow lags and writing IOUs. A fellow inmate said: "We can't believe how much he's still clucking for it. They put him inside to force him to give up but Pete always has a need to feed his habit." The heroin revelations came as The Sun obtained photos of Doherty behind bars, wearing prison-issue blue T-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms. The pictures, taken with a phone camera, show him gawping listlessly in his cell, brushing his teeth and talking to other lags on a landing. Doherty was banged up for 3½ months last week for failing to take drug tests ordered by a court after he admitted possessing heroin, crack, cannabis and the horse tranquilizer ketamine. He is sharing a cell in the Scrubs' Connibere detox wing with a 28-year-old drug dealer. Doctors are giving him heroin substitute methadone in a bid to wean him off. But the rocker is topping up with the real thing. The fellow inmate said: "He hasn't received his prison wage yet so he's getting the drugs on credit and writing IOUs" ... He added that Doherty sleeps on a urine-stained mattress and has been told he will be transferred to an open prison when a place is available. A Prison Service spokesman said last night: "We will act on any intelligence which indicates drugs are being smuggled or abused."

It's a shame that we cannot be reasonably sure that Pete is staying off the junk now that he's in police custody ... I'm not wholly sure I believe that it's this easy to shoot heroin inside prison walls but I guess I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be true. I've contended for months that the man might meet an early end if he continued to be left to his own devices. I really believe that incarceration is the only way to ensure the man stays clean ... and may possibly save his life. There are only so many times a person can be arrested for drug offenses before they're found the fatal victim of their vices. Despite this troubling report (which, again, I don't entirely believe), I still think that jail is the best place for Pete Doherty ... for a long while. I just hope at some point it turns out to be a fruitful experience for the man's health. [Source]