Mother, son face jail drug charges
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.