Australian pair jailed for trying to use a drone to send drugs to prisoner

  • 18/11/2018
A barbed wire fence at a prison.
A barbed wire fence at a prison. Photo credit: Newshub.

A man and woman in Queensland have been arrested and sent to prison after attempting to use a drone to drop drugs into a prison.

Donald Griffin, 22, returned to Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre days after being paroled, bringing with him Karlie Lorraine Cuzzu, 35, and the drug-laden drone, the Australian Associated Press reports.

The pair tried to fly the drone over the fence under cover of darkness, but the drone was damaged during its ill-fated flight and prison guards alerted police to the incident.

Police found the pair "sweating, agitated and nervous" within hours. They were convicted of supplying a dangerous drug to a prisoner.

Judge Michael Burnett sentenced Griffin to 18 months in prison, suspended immediately. He said he was still young and had a good chance of rehabilitation if he returned to his family.

But the judge was scathing towards Cuzzu, whose defence lawyer argued deserved leniency due to needing to care for her children.

"What you haven't got before me is evidence she's an involved and supportive parent… [but] she's wandering around Wacol at one o'clock in the morning," he said.

She was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended after three months.