WAGGA Local Court has heard how a 24-year-old Albury man allegedly tried to smuggle marijuana and a powerful opioide into Junee Correctional Centre.
Liam Ashley Cotter appeared yesterday on six charges: bringing a small quantity of drugs into a detention centre, introducing a proscribed poison into a detention centre as well as supply and possession of drugs.
From Glenroy, Cotter was refused bail by magistrate Geoff Hiatt as he was already behind bars for unrelated charges of aggravated break and enter.
Police will allege Cotter attempted to smuggle 10 tablets of buprenorphine, weighing one gram, and 4.8 grams of cannabis into Junee on October 5, last year.
At this stage it is not known why the 24-year-old attempted to get the drugs into the centre.
Director of Public Prosecutions representatives took responsibility for the charge of supplying an indictable quantity of prohibited drugs, which is a strictly indictable offence and could land Cotter in the district court.
Legal Aid solicitor Chris Murnane is representing Cotter on the break and enter charges and, while unaware of the drugs charges until yesterday, is expected to also represent Cotter in this matter.
When used recreationally, buprenorphine has a reportedly euphoric rush similar to other opioids as well as a “slight upper-like effect”.
It is commonly referred to as “stops”, “stop signs”, “box”, “tecs”, “bupey”, “praedo”, “wild uno”, “map punch”, “book head” or “subway”.