$500 fine for jail drug bust

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An inmate at Casuarina Prison has been fined $500 after he convinced his partner to smuggle methamphetamine and cannabis into the jail.

During a phone call to his partner on the morning of June 27, Steven James Mitchell asked her to bring him the contraband.

When his partner got to the prison around 4pm that afternoon, prison officers found bags containing 1g of meth and 1g of cannabis during a search.

Magistrate Geoff Lawrence slammed Mitchell for his actions.

“Seeking to get drugs into prison is a danger to the prison system and is a danger to the person you asked,” he said.

He said Mitchell should not have put his partner in a position where she felt pressured to put herself at risk.

During sentencing, Mr Lawrence acknowledged that the accused had spent two weeks in isolation after the incident, fining him $500 for the offence.

It is unclear whether Mitchell’s partner has been charged.

Mitchell is serving a 20-month sentence and is set for release in three months. He was not subject to any court costs due to being a prisoner.

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