A NOWRA man who took drugs before driving to visit a friend in jail has been given a seven-month suspended sentence.
In Nowra Local Court, Wayne Ross Hockey, 54, of Bateman Close was also given a 12-month good behaviour bond for taking syringes to the South Coast Correctional Centre.
Hockey was in the reception area of the jail at 9.30am on November 26, 2011, when staff noticed his erratic behaviour and appearance.
Two correctional officers took him to an interview room where he found it hard to sit upright.
They asked him if he had anything to declare and he said he might have a couple of syringes in his car.
A search found three capped syringes hidden between two cushions in the rear seat.
The officers called police and two hours after he had arrived at the jail, Hockey was still unsteady on his feet, slurring his words and unable to stand straight.
As the police were taking Hockey to Shoalhaven Hospital for a urine test he told them he had taken his daily methadone dose before he left for the jail.
The test found amphetamine, methylamphetamine and ephedrine as well as methadone.