ON PAROLE: Troy Andrew Lowery leaves the Ipswich Courthouse.
ON PAROLE: Troy Andrew Lowery leaves the Ipswich Courthouse.

Heroin user mails drugs to girlfriend in prison

A HEROIN user has been caught trying to conceal drugs in an envelope which he addressed to his partner in prison.

At Ipswich District Court, Troy Andrew Lowery pleaded guilty to supplying a dangerous drug.

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso said the then 42-year-old had hid eight strips of the drug buprenorphine in the envelope's seal.

The drug is a prescription opiate also known as subbies.

Lowery addressed the envelope to his partner at the time, who was an inmate at the Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre.

The drugs were discovered when the mail was processed at the Wacol prison in April 2013.

Lowery had used an alias for the sender and the return address was a few streets from where he lived.

However his fingerprints were found on a card inside the envelope which contained the drugs.

Ms Kelso said the offence of bringing drugs into jail was particularly serious as it disrupted prison discipline.

She said the offence had an element of "calculated distain" for the law, given Lowery's attempt to conceal the drugs and carry out the delivery.

The court heard Lowery had a nine-page criminal history and that it was the 45th time he had appeared in court to plead guilty to criminal offences.

Defence barrister Scott Neaves said Lowery had "long-standing drug issues" and been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Mr Neaves said Lowery, now 45, had begun using cannabis when he was 13 years old and quickly graduated to heroin use.

He said his Lowery's life had been punctuated by times of abstinence and times of relapse, but that his client had recently taken some "genuine" steps towards rehabilitation.

In his sentencing, Judge Greg Koppenol said he had to take into consideration Lowery's drug addiction background.

"The punishment has to be appropriate to the offender in each circumstance," he told Lowery.

"I don't see any real purpose in imposing a period of actual custody in your case; I think it would be detrimental to you."

Lowery was sentenced to 12 months in jail and released on parole.

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