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Bra and packet of chips used to smuggle drugs into jail

A MAN who organised drugs to enter a Wacol prison while he was awaiting sentence for two Sunshine Coast home invasions has had another six months jail added to his sentence.

Benjamin Robert Collins, born in Warwick, is currently serving six and a half years jail for drug-fuelled break-ins at Doonan and Noosaville in 2012.

A week before he was sentenced in mid-2013, prison authorities recorded a phone call where Collins organised to have a morphine-based drug, often used to treat heroin withdrawal or as a painkiller, into the correctional facility.

Linda Lavaluthi Hambuechen, born in New Zealand, bought the drugs in sachets in her bra on May 25, 2013.

Hambuechen, 36, put the drugs into an open chip packet on a table and offered Collins, 25, some chips.

He then took the drugs and tried to secrete them near his groin but authorities watched the whole thing.

Judge David Reid said noted Hambuechen had anxiety and depression issues but said if she kept using drugs she risked losing the care of her three-year-old child.

He said Collins had a capacity to work and had strong family support but the sentence he handed down must be cumulative on the home invasion sentence.

Collins had already served 346 days in custody when he was sentenced in June last year so a full-time release date was set for December 22, 2018.

He would have been eligible for parole on August 24 this year but Judge Reid extended that until October 24 this year to reflect the drug supply charge.


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