Woman sentenced for bringing contraband to prison

KINGSTON – A Toronto woman, caught last summer packing contraband tobacco and a controlled substance into Collins Bay Institution for her boyfriend, will now have to change her career plans, according to her lawyer.

Sarah S. Simpson, 25, pleaded guilty in Kingston’s Ontario Court of Justice to illegally possessing the anabolic-androgenic steroid oxymetholone for the purpose of trafficking. But right up until the end, she and her lawyer, Cidney Israel, held out hope that Justice Larry O’Brien could be swayed into granting her a discharge.

The judge took the position that illegal drugs in area prisons and the people who smuggle them in are too great a problem, however, and remained firm on registering the conviction.

He gave Simpson a six-month conditional sentence she can serve in her home, however, the first three months subject to home confinement but with exemptions permitting her to attend school, work and perform essential functions such as shopping and attendance at medical and legal appointments.

Simpson was charged on June 21 last year after she arrived at the prison for a private visit with her boyfriend, a lifer to whom she’d been introduced after his incarceration.

Federal Crown prosecutor Courtney Cottle said prison intelligence officers suspected Simpson’s boyfriend was planning to bring in contraband, and two officers were waiting to question her when she arrived.

She admitted relatively quickly to having a quantity of tobacco hidden in her waistband, according to Cottle, and then disclosed she also had pills secreted in her bra.

Cottle said Simpson told correctional service staff that she didn’t know what kind of pills they were but consented to a strip search, ultimately turning over an undisclosed quantity of tobacco and four packages containing a total of 392 oxymetholone pills.

Anabolic-androgenic steroids, unlike most drugs smuggled into penitentiaries, aren’t valued for their euphoric properties. They’re…

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