Jail for prison drug smuggling

A WOMAN who hid the potent prescription painkiller oxycodone in a balloon and tried to smuggle it into the Maryborough Correctional Centre has been sentenced to a suspended jail term.

Lisa Marie McArdle was caught trying to supply the opiate to her former partner, who was an inmate at the jail, on October 31 last year.

She faced Maryborough Supreme Court where she pleaded guilty to the offence.

Justice David Boddice said supplying drugs within a prison was a most serious offence.

“It simply allows the drug trade to permeate through the community and through correctional facilities,” he said.

“The steps taken to conceal the drug indicate a level of sophistication and pre-planning on your part.”

Justice Boddice took into account McArdle’s early guilty plea and references tendered by defence barrister Catherine Morgan.

“You seem otherwise to be a decent, law-abiding citizen,” he said.

Justice Boddice said a jail term was appropriate, but McArdle should not have to serve actual time behind bars. He sentenced her to six months jail, suspended for three years.



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