September sentencing date set for woman who admitted bringing drugs into prison

A woman who pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for trafficking at Bowden Institution will be sentenced Sept. 24.

A woman who pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for trafficking at Bowden Institution will be sentenced Sept. 24.

Yvonne Christine Allen, 24, of Kelowna, B.C., pleaded guilty to bringing marijuana, hashish oil and 25 tablets of morphine to the prison on Oct. 5, 2008.

The drugs are worth between $5,000 and $7,500 in prison.

Originally pleading not guilty, Allen changed her plea on Dec. 18, 2009, the eve of her trial. Sentencing arguments were heard on Friday in Red Deer provincial court before Judge Jim Mitchell.

Defence lawyer Jordan Watt, of Victoria, B.C., presented previous court cases to support a conditional sentence served in the community.

Crown prosecutor David Inglis said it is customary for people who traffic drugs in prison in Alberta to receive a jail sentence.