Nowra woman sentenced to community service and fined $1200

A NOWRA woman charged as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged supply of prohibited items into correctional facilities has been sentenced to a seven months intensive corrections order and fined $1200.

Melanie Alice Ross, 37, of Dudley Avenue,appeared in Campbelltown Local Court on Friday before Magistrate David Degnan,  pleading guilty to bringing/attempting to bring thing into place of detention without authority.

She didn’t enter pleas to four charges of possess/attempt to, prescribe a restricted substance.

The court heard she attempt to bring prescribed medication and mini mobile phones into the Goulburn Correctional Centre.

Detectives from the Hume Local Area Command started investigations in early June last year after several items of contraband were discovered in the Goulburn Correctional Centre by staff of Corrective Services NSW.

Following investigations, about 8.30am Thursday, June 11, detectives executed a search warrant on a home in Nowra, arresting Ross, where several items of interest were seized for further examination.

The court heard she had Clonazapam, Ondansetron, Trimethoprim and Gentamicin at Nowra.

Two of the drugs are antibiotics, with the others are used to treat seizures and panic disorders and prevent nausea.

Magistrate Degnan sentenced her to seven months jail starting on February 26, expiring on September 25, but to be served by the way of an intensive corrections order or community service on the guilty plea.

He recorded a conviction in the other four offences and fined Ross a total of $1200.

He also ordered the drugs be forfeited and destroyed.

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