The 50-year-old was handed an eight-year sentence for the discovery of four kilograms of cocaine in a rented property on Merseyside.
Ward served four years in the Kirkham Open Prison but was initially sent to Walton Jail where he claimed that several suicides took place weekly.
"The first night I was on the lifers' wing," Ward told the Manchester Evening News.
"When I was stood in front of the big red door, I was thinking 'you can't be any lower than this'. It was very hostile environment - three suicides on my wing in one week."
Ward now works as a warehouseman.