Drugs used in custody

A PRISONER who took drugs while in custody was charged with failing to properly dispose of a needle and syringe when it fell out of his anus during a search.

John Cyril Chapman, 27, was being moved from a Brisbane jail to Maryborough Corrections Centre on June 30 when officers brought him to Gympie Police Station to make an exchange between police vehicles.

The Brisbane officers told Gympie police they suspected he had used drugs while in their custody.

A doctor was called and after examining Chapman said it was of his opinion that the prisoner was under the influence of drugs.

Police searched Chapman and said a needle and syringe fell out of his anus onto the ground.

Chapman appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court via video link with the corrections centre and it was heard he was in custody for another matter.

He is also due to appear in Ipswich Court on another 21 charges.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin sentenced him to 14 days in prison to be served with the current sentences.

Gympie Times


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