A Port Kembla woman who passed a red balloon full of methamphetamine to her prison-bound partner - with a kiss - has been placed on a good behaviour bond.
Michelle Anne Elliott visited her beau, David Zlatanovic, in Long Bay Correctional Centre on September 30 last year.
Corrections officers watched the encounter closely, having found an empty red balloon in the area in the lead-up.
But nothing seemed amiss as the pair came together inside the prison’s hospital contact visit room, and pressed lips.
Unseen by officers, a balloon carrying 0.07 grams of the drug passed from Elliott’s mouth to Zlatanovic’s.
It was discovered soon afterwards, still inside Zlatanovic’s mouth, when the visit ended and he was escorted to a holding cell and searched.
Under questioning, he admitted the substance inside the balloon was ice.
Police attended the prison hospital and seized the drug.
They later caught up with Elliott, 50, at Wollongong Local Court and she agreed to attend Lake Illawarra Police Station.
She was arrested at the station without incident and made full admissions to police in a subsequent interview.
In court, she pleaded guilty to a charge of introducing a small quantity of a drug into a detention centre.
Magistrate Claire Girotto considered Elliott’s limited criminal record during sentencing proceedings at Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday.
She was placed on a good behaviour bond for a period of 14 months.