Woman jailed for smuggling drugs into jail

A young woman who attempted to smuggle marijuana into a federal prison was sentenced to 90 days in jail and given 12 months probation.

A young woman who attempted to smuggle marijuana into a federal prison was sentenced to 90 days in jail and given 12 months probation.

Robyn-Leigh Wieler, 19, of Okotoks pleaded guilty in July to possession of a narcotic for the purpose of trafficking.

Wieler and another woman were intercepted by Bowden Institution officers on Feb. 14 when they attempted to enter the prison.

A police dog sniffed out the drugs Wieler had hidden in her body.

The drugs were reported to be worth about $40,000, Innisfail RCMP said earlier.

Prison officials said earlier that illegal drugs sold in jails are worth as much as 10 times their street value.

Defence lawyer Michael Scrace said his client’s fiancee, who was serving time in the prison, was being pressured and threatened to get her to bring in drugs and so was she by people on the outside.

According to the pre-sentence report, Wieler progressed from smuggling nicotine patches to marijuana into the prison.

Judge Bert Skinner said she could have contacted police, but instead decided to participate in drug smuggling, feeding the deviant society in the prison.

“It puts the guards in jeopardy. Drugs within the institution are a problem,” Skinner said.

“I do not find she was a victim. She chose the lifestyle she did.”

Wieler will be allowed to serve her sentence on weekends.

Krystal Dunn, 29, of Calgary, will have a trial on March 9 on four counts including possession of a narcotic for the purpose of trafficking.

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