Woman guilty of smuggling tobacco into prison

A 22-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to trying to pass a contraband item to a prisoner while embracing him in a hug, the Murgon Magistrates Court heard today.

On June 2 at 2.50pm Miranda Tenya Jaydene Fisher was in the visitor centre at the Maryborough Correctional Centre.

According to police prosecutor Barry Stevens, Fisher embraced a prisoner in a hug.

"The defendant placed her left arm in front of her body and wrapped her right arm around the prisoner, and the prisoner placed his right arm in front of his body and wrapped his left arm around her body," he said.

"In doing so, the defendant passed a package to the prisoner, a red balloon containing 16.5g of tobacco."

Defence lawyer Tim Campion said Fisher knew it was an offence.

"My client was aware it was a restricted item," he said.

"She was taking the tobacco to a close friend, who asked her to bring the tobacco in."

Mr Campion said Fisher was very remorseful for her actions.

"She knows she shouldn't have done it, she takes full responsibility and says it was a stupid thing."

Magistrate John Smith warned Fisher the offence could have been more serious.

"Had this been anything other than tobacco, I'd be imposing a prison sentence," he said.

"With all the video surveillance at a corrections centre, the chances of you being caught are very high."

Magistrate Smith fined Fisher $750, failure to pay the fine within 28 days will result in 15 days' imprisonment.

The conviction was recorded.

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