"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 Sun quoted a fellow inmate as saying. Doherty is at the moment receiving methadone, which is a substitute for heroin, from the doctors who are trying to wean him off. However, the rocker is topping up with the real thing, say reports.
Doherty has no source of income and is at the moment getting his drugs by begging credit from fellow lags and writing IOUs. He is sharing a cell in the Scrubs' Connibere detox wing with a 28-year-old drug dealer. "He hasn't received his prison wage yet so he's getting the drugs on credit and writing IOUs," the inmate said.
When Doherty first arrived at the prison, rumours started going around that he had brought a stash of drugs with him from the outside, making the singer seek protection by striking up friendship with a burly ex-street fighter named Ray, who is now protecting him from the prison lags. "It wasn't true but it was enough to make people want to find him and rob him. Ray is making sure this doesn't happen," the inmate stated.
Prison officers are said to treat Doherty like a superstar - and tramp from other wings to get his autograph. "He usually signs his name next to a scribbled smiley face with a trilby," the inmate added.
He also said that Doherty slept 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 on Apr 15, that strict action would be taken against anyone breaking the rules. "We will act on any intelligence which indicates drugs are being smuggled or abused," the spokesman said.