Dad takes drugs into jail for son

SUPPLYING drugs to his son at the Maryborough Correctional Centre was a “misguided” decision that almost cost John Andrew Butler his own freedom.

Fifty-year-old Butler took morphine into the prison on February 14 intending to give it to his son, who had become addicted to the drug after being seriously injured in a car crash.

A drug detection dog was taken to Butler after police received information that he intended to supply drugs within the prison.

The dog indicated Butler was carrying drugs but a search failed to uncover anything.

Butler later admitted he had swallowed two morphine tablets and three or four other tablets of an unknown substance.

Police also found a syringe containing morphine in Butler's car.

Butler pleaded guilty in Maryborough Supreme Court to supplying and possessing a dangerous drug.

Defence barrister Catherine Morgan said Butler and his son both had health problems that led them to use morphine.

Ms Morgan said Butler was acting out of love for his son.

“He was attempting to take medication to his son,” she said.

“His efforts to do the best for his son were misguided.”

Justice David Boddice told Butler he was “old enough to know better.”

“Drugs are a particular problem in correctional centres,” he said.

“You plainly know it is wrong and illegal.

“I accept you involvement was a result of misguided loyalty to your son.”

Justice Boddice sentenced Butler to nine months jail but released him immediately on parole.

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