Young woman with clean record convicted of prison drug supply for lover
A young woman bullied into attempting to supply her boyfriend with drugs in prison has been dealt hard blows by a court.
A court has also heard her boyfriend had initially been charged over the attempted drug supply but his charges were dropped “due to lack of evidence”.
Jodeci-Leigh Flynn, 26, fronted Rockhampton District Court on November 13, supported by her father, brother and sister, along with two long-term friends, as she was sentenced for her “foolish decision” to commit her first ever criminal offence.
Crown prosecutor Ken Spinaze said prison officers became aware of conversations between Flynn and her then boyfriend who was jailed in Capricornia Correctional Centre, north of Rockhampton, and approached her as she arrived at the prison on September 9, 2022.
Flynn was found to be concealing 153 strips of suboxone in her bra.
Judge Jeff Clarke said, separately to these charges, at least one prisoner had recently died from an overdose or adverse reaction to the type of drug Flynn attempted to smuggle in to a prison.
Mr Spinaze said she was reluctant to provide access to her phone in relation to coded messages sent between the pair, responding “well, I guess I’ll have to” before attending the prison with drugs.
Defence barrister Jordan Ahlstrand said his client was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia early this year and was made redundant from her job a week before sentencing.
He said Flynn worked for three years, after leaving Mackay High School in year 11, for a company which sold CCTVs and security systems.
Mr Ahlstrand said his client already had a job offer and was committed to overcoming her leukemia diagnosis.
He said the five days she spent in the watchhouse was “an exceedingly frightful and sobering experience”.
“You are the ideal person to get you to mule these dangerous drugs into the prison and leave you to be stand and punished for your foolish decision to go along with it,” Judge Clarke said.
He said Flynn had been introduced to drugs by the prisoner she was romantically involved with at the time and she no longer had anything to do with him.
The court was provided with recent drug test results showing she had no traces of illicit substances in her system.
Flynn pleaded guilty to one count each of supplying drugs in a prison, possessing restricted drugs, possessing property suspected to have been used in a crime and possessing an S4 medicine.
She was sentenced to a 15-month prison term, suspended after five days prison with her five days presentence custody declared as time served and a two-year operational period set.
Flynn was also fined $500 and convictions were recorded.