Attempt to smuggle cannabis admitted

SASHA BORISSENKO
Last updated 13:00 20/03/2014

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In an act of "love is blind", a woman attempted to smuggle synthetic cannabis in a bottle of shampoo to her partner in custody at the Nelson Police Station. In the Nelson District Court, Gemma Leigh Kelly, 26, pleaded guilty to communicating with an inmate.

Prosecutor Ruth Thomas told the court Kelly visited her partner at the Nelson Police Station about 2pm on February 6, and requested she give him bottles of shampoo and body wash.

When police examined the bottles, two packages wrapped in plastic containing synthetic cannabis and 31 cigarette papers were found.

Kelly admitted her actions to police, explaining that her partner "told her to do it", Ms Thomas said.

Defence counsel Tim Spear said Kelly had a number of outstanding fines to be paid, community service to complete as a result of previous dishonesty charges, and that she had two children, aged seven and four. With her youngest about to go to school, Kelly could use the newly available time and put it to good use to complete a computing course.

Judge Richard Russell said he had to determine whether the incident was an attempt to deceive the police or whether it was a "love is blind" scenario.

"What you did here was a really dumb thing to do. The police have rules that need to be followed." He told Kelly to "follow the law, keep out of trouble and look after your children".

She was ordered to pay court costs of $130 and issued what Ms Thomas described as a "kind of good behaviour bond", which allows Kelly to be free of further penalties unless she re-offends.

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