Prison pair caught with drugs

TWO MARYBOROUGH prisoners caught with marijuana will spend extra time behind bars after pleading guilty in the Maryborough Magistrates Court to possessing a dangerous drug.

Anthony James Donovan was found with about one gram of marijuana during a random search on October 1.

He had hidden the drug in the finger of a rubber glove and shoved it inside his mouth.

Donovan had a history of possessing restricted items and supplying drugs inside prison.

He was sentenced by Magistrate John Smith to six weeks’ jail with a parole eligibility date of December 21.

Meanwhile, fellow inmate Dillon James Bartrum was found with marijuana on September 30.

Prison officers searched 21-year-old Bartrum because he was acting suspiciously.

They found less than a gram of marijuana in a pouch of tobacco.

Bartrum said he was holding on to the drug for another prisoner, who he refused to name.

He was represented in court by lawyer Travis George.

“On being asked to hold the cannabis he didn’t feel he had any choice, being in the prison environment and still relatively young,” Mr George said.

He said all Bartrum’s drug tests had been negative and he had spent his time in custody studying literacy, numeracy, first aid and warehousing courses.

Bartrum was sentenced to six weeks’ jail for possessing the drug.

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