Attempted to smuggle cannabis into Albany Regional Prison 

Nicole Leanne Hill pleaded guilty to possession of prohibited drugs with intent to supply on Thursday.  (Pexels)

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A woman who attempted to smuggle cannabis into Albany Regional Prison has been handed a suspended seven-month prison sentence.

In the Albany Magistrates Court last Thursday, Nicole Leanne Hill pleaded guilty to possession of prohibited drugs with intent to supply.

Police Prosecuting Sgt Peter Yuswak told the court Hill went to the prison at 4pm on April 27 to visit her partner.

She was searched at the gate and security found 0.45 grams of cannabis wrapped in cling-wrap in her mouth, she was arrested at the scene.

Hill’s defence lawyer Janie Gibbs said her client admitted she had “stuffed up” and the charge was a wakeup call for her.

Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said Hill knew that she was doing the wrong thing because she had made the effort to try and conceal the illicit substance.

“People who convey illicit substances into a custodial facility are supplying drugs,” she said.

“It doesn’t matter that it’s cannabis.”

Her prison sentence was suspended for 12 months and she was ordered to participate in supervision and drug counselling programs.

Hill had a similar charge on her record from 2016.  

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