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Bottle of pills slipped in pants

A BOTTLE of pills was pulled out of a woman's bra and slipped down a male prisoner's pants in front of prison officers and has landed the woman on a six-month intensive corrections order.

Katrina Leanne Luhrs, who had confronted Gladstone Magistrates Court 14 times since 1999, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court in Rockhampton on Tuesday to one count of supplying a dangerous drug to a person in a correctional facility and one count of possessing a dangerous drug.

Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen told the court Ms Luhrs, 38, was visiting an inmate of Borallon Correctional Facility in Ironbark, outside of Ipswich, on April 19, 2010, at the time of the incident.

He said during an interview with police, Ms Luhrs said she had told the inmate she had the tablets and he pestered her to give them to him.

The court heard they embraced in front of the correctional officers and that was when he removed the jar and placed it down the front of his pants.

Police found 30 tablets in total in the jar, 11 of which were found to contain a schedule II drug.

"During the course of the investigation, she was searched and (police) found a cigarette packet with 0.1 grams (of cannabis)," Mr Cowen said.

Ms Luhrs' lawyer Jordan Ahlstrand said those pills were suboxone, a treatment for opioid dependence, for which Ms Luhrs had been prescribed.

He said the mother of four had an extensive drug-using history, starting with cannabis when she was about 15/16 years old, then speed twice a week when she was 19/20 and heroin by the time she was 21.

Ms Luhrs was also on a probation order and a good behaviour bond at the time of the offences, with both having expired by the time she was sentenced for the inmate drug supply incident.

Justice Duncan McMeekin sentenced Ms Luhrs to a six-month prison term, to be served as an intensive corrections order.

Topics:  rockhampton supreme court



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