Woman hides drugs in bra when visiting friend in jail

A FORMER Bundaberg woman who has an acquired brain injury after being hit by a bus was asked to smuggle drugs into a jail.

The drugs were for a family friend and a District Court judge on Wednesday said it was "appalling" that the friend took advantage of Florence Faith Chambers.

She hid 10 buprenorphine tablets in a balloon concealed in her bra when visiting a prisoner.

But jail officers knew the drug would be entering the jail on February 7 this year because they had monitored the prisoner's phone calls and he had discussed with his mother ways to try to get the drug into jail.

The pills were a prescription drug used as a replacement for heroin.

Chambers, 24, was charged with suppling dangerous drugs in a correctional facility.

She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months probation. No conviction was recorded.

Judge David Reid said it was a serious but her circumstances made it unusual.

The court heard she was a former Bundaberg High School student. When she was 18 years old she was hit by a bus in Bundaberg.

The court heard she was asked to try to smuggle the drugs into jail but was not pressured into it.

Judge Reid said Chambers's brain injury explained why she was asked to smuggle drugs into jail.

"It's appalling people tried to take advantage of you in this way," he said.

"Don't listen to people who are trying to take advantage of you."

- APN NEWSDESK


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