The craft scheme came undone after police started tapping phones.
The craft scheme came undone after police started tapping phones.

Ballina labourer jailed over prison drug syndicate

A LABOURER from Ballina has been jailed over an alleged Northern Rivers-run drug syndicate which specialised in smuggling prescription opiates into prisons.

Sean Blazely, 29, was jailed for at least three months on Tuesday after pleading guilty to six counts of drug supply and one count of involvement in a criminal group.

Police alleged in the proceedings that the group arranged the delivery of strips of the prescription opiate Buprenorphine to inmates of the South Coast Correctional Centre at Nowra.

Blazely, was implicated in six orders between October 5 and January 1.

He was recorded in several back and forth phone calls taking orders from the prison at home in Ballina.

On Tuesday the Lismore Local Court heard Blazely was a "low level" participant in the group and did so to finance his own drug use.

He was sentenced to a maximum of nine months but will be released into supervised parole on January 1, 2019.

Last week David Anderson, affectionately known as "Uncle Charlie", was sentenced to a two year community corrections involving 150 hours community service and a $300 fine for his role, which was confined to one count of supply, one count of possession, and involvement in a criminal group.

Proceedings against other alleged members of the syndicate are ongoing.

Ricky Magee, 23, has yet to enter a plea to 11 counts of drug supply plus charges of involvement in a criminal group and directing a criminal group.

He remains behind bars and was not scheduled to be released until March 20 next year.

Corey Magee, 26 is facing nine drugs charges relating to Buprenorphine supply and further serious charges in relation to alleged cocaine and ecstasy deals.

The former Lismore man is accused of supplying 1kg of cocaine on three separate occasions in March and April in Sydney, and further 1kg of MDMA at Kingscliff in May.

All the alleged deals were made to a police informant.

He will apply for Supreme Court bail on October 22.



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