Why granny smuggled drugs in her bra to her son
A URANGAN grandmother used her bra to smuggle drugs to her son in Maryborough Correctional Centre, the Hervey Bay District Court heard.
Rosalie Anne Pannett, 61, yesterday pleaded guilty to supplying a dangerous drug and giving a prohibited item to a prisoner.
The court heard Pannett smuggled a strip of five tablets of the narcotic suboxone along with a cigarette lighter, tobacco and papers in her bra when she went to visit her son in prison on February 7 earlier this year.
Crown prosecutor Chris Cook said prison officials saw Pannett take a package from under her shirt and towards her son's shorts. The court heard prison officers then searched her son, Michael Gordon Thompson, and found the package.
Mr Cook told the court the drugs had a street value of about $40 per tablet and would have a much higher value in prison.
"This is an offence which strikes at the very heart of the justice system," he said.
Defence barrister Patrick Wilson said his client was loyal to her son, despite her son's long term drug addiction. He said Pannett suffered a number of medical problems.
"She was dragged into this situation because of her son," he said.
Judge Helen Bowskill said in her sentencing remarks that Pannett had been approached by an unknown male the night before the incident and asked to give the drugs to her youngest son.
"It's a very sad situation you found yourself in," she said.
Ms Bowskill sentenced Pannett to nine months in prison to be wholly suspended for two years. She is also no longer allowed to visit her son in prison.