A WOMAN who tried to bring drugs into a jail has been told to comply with a substance abuse diversion program.
Nanjing Night Net

Susan Maree Newman appeared before Dubbo Local Court on two charges of drug possession, two charges of trying to introduce drugs into a detention centre and a single charge of trying to bring a syringe into a detention centre.

Documents tendered to the court said the offences occurred at Cessnock Correctional Centre between 10am and 10.10am on November 16.

Police said Newman, 38, was found with 0.2g of methamphetamine and 1.35g of cannabis.

The court heard Newman had been referred to the Magistrate’s Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) program on an unrelated matter.

“She was supposed to attend counselling but hasn’t gone,” Magistrate Andrew Eckhold said.

“We have to get her to help herself

“She had better understand that she has to do MERIT.”

Bail was continued. Newman was ordered to return to court on March 5.

Final hearing and sentence generally coincides with the completion of the MERIT program.

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