A woman who took tobacco and drugs into Goulburn Correctional Centre has been given a prison sentence.
Tammy Leanne Le Guier, 38, of Green Valley, pleaded guilty to supplying a prohibited drug and bringing a thing into a place of detention when she appeared by audio-visual link in Goulburn Local Court on Wednesday, March 15.
Police facts tendered in court said on December 31 last year at 12.40pm, Le Guier attended the Goulburn jail to visit an inmate.
She was stopped by Correctional Centre staff as a result of information received. Le Guier told them she had some balloons in her bra.
Police attended and found 13 balloons in her bra, containing 24.48 grams tobacco, 2.81 grams methylamphetamine and 2.13 grams Buprenorphine.
They arrested her and took her to Goulburn Police Station where she told them she did not know the balloons contained drugs and that she was giving them to an inmate as a favour to a friend.
In court, Le Guier’s solicitor said she had ongoing drug problems. “She was on ice at the time and had not slept for three days prior,” the solicitor said.
“Now she has spent three months in custody, she has reached a point where enough is enough. She is eager to engage in rehabilitation.”
Magistrate Geraldine Beattie said taking drugs into jail was a serious offence.
“You said you did not know what was in the balloons, but I do not accept that,” Ms Beattie said.
“You were on a bond at the time for driving while disqualified and only the day prior to this you were charged for separate serious drug matters.
“There is a strong need to send a message of deterrence to the community to stop people from taking drugs into jails.
“There is no alternative to a full-time custodial sentence.”
She sentenced Le Guier to 12 months’ prison with a non-parole period of nine months.
Inmate caught with drugs
An inmate caught with testosterone has been given a further jail sentence.
Robert Cecil English, 36, pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited drug when he appeared in Goulburn Local Court on Wednesday.
Police facts tendered in court said on December 31, 2016 at 12.55pm, English was observed taking an item and secreting it into his buttocks during a visit at the jail.
Police attended and isolated the contents, which proved to be two vials of steroid-based substances.
Magistrate Beattie sentenced English to eight months in prison.