Mother, son face jail drug charges

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

A MAN who at­tempted to smug­gle drugs into prison in­side bal­loons will spend an­other two months be­hind bars.

Kyabram’s Christo­pher Ab­bott, 28, ap­peared in cus­tody in Echuca Mag­is­trates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to traf­fick­ing methy­lam­phetamine and pos­sess­ing an un­named pre­scrip­tion drug.

The court heard the co-ac­cused, So­nia Ab­bott, his mother, handed him the drugs in­side three grey bal­loons while he was be­ing held in Lod­don prison. ‘‘On May 9, 2016, the mother of the ac­cused handed him 12g of methy­lam­phetamine and 6g of an uniden­ti­fied pre­scrip­tion drug in three grey bal­loons,’’ po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Karl Mannes said.

‘‘He was strip searched af­ter the visit and prison of­fi­cers lo­cated the drugs in his cloth­ing. The coac­cused made full ad­mis­sions of hand­ing the drugs to her son.’’

Ab­bott was serv­ing a four­month sen­tence at the time.

Mag­is­trate Jonathan Klestadt said he was just over a month away from re­lease.

‘‘He had al­ready served two and a half months and was so close to the end of his sen­tence,’’ he said.

The court heard Ab­bott had ‘‘fried his brain’’ from drug use and had been work­ing to­wards re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion while in prison.

The court heard Ab­bott was be­ing threat­ened by other inmates and this led to the de­ci­sion to smug­gle drugs into cus­tody.

‘‘This is a par­tic­u­larly se­ri­ous in­ci­dent and I have no doubt there was in­tent to traf­fic the drugs to inmates,’’ Mr Klestadt said.

‘‘Mr Ab­bott is no stranger to the courts or the prison sys­tem.

‘‘It was a very sig­nif­i­cant amount of drugs, which would have had a sig­nif­i­cant value in a cus­tody set­ting.’’

Mr Klestadt es­ti­mated the ice to be worth $60,000 if sold in prison.

‘‘The fact he was strip searched im­me­di­ately af­ter the visit from his mother sug­gests there was prior knowl­edge of the trans­ac­tion tak­ing place,’’ he said.

‘‘It is an ex­tremely se­ri­ous of­fence to bring con­tra­band into the jail sys­tem.

‘‘You are in­cred­i­bly for­tu­nate that your part­ner and mother are pre­pared to stand by you and form a firm base for you to stand on for a life free of drugs.’’

Ab­bott was con­victed, sen­tenced to six months’ im­pris­on­ment (127 days al­ready served) and a nine-month com­mu­nity cor­rec­tions or­der once re­leased.

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