Woman, 24, avoids jail for smuggling drugs
WHEN Brooke Marie Glasson's boyfriend asked her to bring him a package to the Maryborough Correctional Centre, the pair had no idea their conversation had been overheard by authorities.
On October 24 last year, the 24-year-old Bundaberg mother-of two tucked the package containing 16 individually wrapped patches of the narcotic pain medication Buprenorphine into her bra strap and headed to the prison.
But Glasson was stopped by authorities before she could pass the drugs on to her boyfriend and yesterday pleaded guilty to one count of supplying a dangerous drug in a correctional facility.
Glasson received the package after it arrived in the post and while she was not exactly sure what it contained, accepted she reasonably understood that it did contain drugs.
Believing her boyfriend would be assaulted or killed in prison unless she did as he asked, Glasson's "misplaced loyalty" yesterday saw her sentenced in the Bundaberg District Court to a year imprisonment.
However Glasson avoided spending any time behind bars after she was immediately paroled.
Crown prosecutor Chris Cook said supplying a dangerous drug to a correctional facility was a serious offence as it "struck at the heart of the justice system".
"Drugs notoriously have a significant value in jail."
Defence barrister Bill McMillan said at the time of the offence his client's ex-boyfriend was causing her a great deal of stress.
"At the same time her current boyfriend was taken into jail and was going to be assaulted, bashed, or worse, killed," he said.
In sentencing Glasson, Judge Tony Moynihan said it was clear she had expressed remorse by pleading guilty at an early stage.