A Tasmanian man ordered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs from a website in the Netherlands and had them posted to him in a package disguised as “car parts”.
Cain Jeremiah Dunning pleaded guilty to three counts of attempting to import a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug and one count of trafficking in controlled substances.
The 22-year-old appeared before Justice Michael Brett on Wednesday, who jailed him for six years.
A package delivered to Dunning in July last year was intercepted at Australia Post in Melbourne and contained 398 grams of pure amphetamine, 51 MDMA tablets, and 2.7 grams of pure cocaine.
It was suggested Dunning used digital currency to purchase the drugs, which had a total street value of more than $454,000.
Publishing his decision on Thursday, Justice Brett said Dunning made “no attempt to disguise his identity as the intended recipient of the package”.
“It would seem apparent that your purpose in attempting to import these drugs, or, at least, the amphetamine, was to on sell them to others,” he said.
“I am satisfied that your ultimate intention in importing the drugs was to step up your trafficking activity, and thereby increase your financial gain from the sale of drugs. I am satisfied also that had your plan not been interrupted by the detection of the drugs, you would have used them in that way.”
Justice Brett noted Dunning’s lawyer had described his actions as “ the attempt of an amateur to satisfy a delusional ambition to achieve grandiose and unrealistic goals”.
“He points to the amateurish aspects of your conduct, and the unrealistic tenor of the notes found on your mobile telephone.
“It is true that you made no real attempt to disguise your identity as the recipient of the package.”
Dunning was previously convicted for minor drug offences including possession, using a controlled plant and selling a controlled plant.
Justice Brett convicted him for his latest offences and Dunning was sentenced to six years in prison for attempting to import drugs and 18 months for trafficking, with both sentences to be served at the same time.
He will not be eligible for parole until he has served three years and six months.