Addict mum tried to smuggle drugs into jail

AN IPSWICH mother of four and former heroin addict tried to smuggle drugs into jail by hiding them in an envelope.

But jail security busted her, and she will now have a 12-month jail sentence hanging over her head.

Maryanne Lesley Bransden pleaded guilty to conspiring with her partner to send her prescription drugs while she was at Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre in Wacol in April 2013.

The 33-year-old asked her partner to send her strips containing buprenorphine, which is often taken as a heroin replacement.

She told her partner on the phone, a conversation which was recorded, that she would use the drugs herself and to help pay off a debt to another prisoner, Brisbane District Court heard on Monday.

The drugs were hidden in the seams of an envelope.

The court heard Bransden had been addicted to drugs, including heroin, since 2001, and had previously gone to jail for drug offences.


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The court also heard these offences occurred while she was on remand in April 2013 and she was not charged until December last year.

Judge Paul Smith said she had a significant history but seemed to be doing well now.

The court heard she had been clean of drugs since last year and was undertaking rehabilitation programs.

Judge Smith said Bransden had already spent a about a year and five months in custody.

He sentenced her to 12 months jail and ordered she be immediately released on parole.

She will be under strict conditions and will have to undergo drug testing.

"I hope that what you've told the court … is correct - that you want to do something about your problems," Judge Smith said.

"If not, you will be locked up and waste the rest of your life."


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