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Daring (and dumb) court-room drug deal sealed with kiss

A DARING plan to smuggle drugs into prison with a court-room kiss has seen two people given jail terms.

Jamie Paul Ziebell, 37, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich District Court to supplying a dangerous drug in a corrective facility and attempting to pervert the course of justice. Michelle Stewart, 39, pleaded guilty to supplying dangerous drugs.

Ziebell was set to appear in the Ipswich District Court on May 30 last year. While in custody, he had organised with his partner, Stewart, to bring in water balloons with suboxone tablets inside them.

In coded conversations, which prison guards listened in on, Stewart and Zieball organised for her to smuggle the drugs into the court and pass them to him in a court-room kiss.

With police alerted by prison authorities, Stewart was intercepted in the courthouse.

Stewart began to choke and cough, before a small yellow package fell out of her mouth.

She admitted it and another yellow water balloon, had drugs inside them and she was attempting to swallow them.

Police found eight and a half tablets inside the two balloons.

Defence lawyer Steve Kissick said the defendant was "doomed to fail."

The drug, used to treat heroin addiction, was not available inside men's prisons, he said.

Ziebell was on a suboxone program before jail but couldn't get the drug inside. However, Stewart remained on the program where she got the drugs.

Ziebell also pleaded guilty to forcing a man, who he had robbed at a grocery store with, to write a false letter stating Ziebell was unaware the robbery was to happen when he drove that day.

Stewart was sentenced to nine months prison with immediate release on parole. Ziebell was sentenced to 18 months prison.

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