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Public Defenders

This table is intended to be used as a guide only. Individual cases should be read if they are to be relied upon.

 

 

Import  Prohibited Drug – Trafficable / Marketable

Cannabis

Customs Act – All Jurisdictions

Customs Act 1901 (Cth) (repealed 6.12.2005)

Offence:                                                                                                            Penalty:

s.233B(1)(a)(iii) - import prohibited drug                                                            s.235(2)(d): 10 years

s.233B(1)(a)(iv) - possess prohibited import

s.233B(1)(a)(vi) - possess reasonably suspected prohibited import

Trafficable Quantity:                                         Commercial Quantity:

Cannabis              100g                                     Cannabis              100kg

Cannabis resin     20g                                       Cannabis resin     50kg

s.16G (CTH) Crimes Act was repealed 16.1.2003 (applies to all sentences imposed after that date)

CaseOffenceAmountDrugPleaRecordResultAppealFacts

Byast
(47)

(1997) 96 A Crim R 61

QCA

ConspiracyNot statedCannVGNil

2y

NPP 9m

 Agreed with husband to import cannabis from PNG - husband arrested imported 'token' of 300g

Howlett
(53)

 

Myall
(55)

 

Holland
(39)

 

(1997) 97 A Crim R 153

SASC

Attempt import29.29kgCann

PG

 

 

PG

 

 

PG

Nil

 

 

Minor

 

 

Nil

2y 6m

immediate release to recog for 3 years

$2,000 fine

Crown AD

Pilots made arrangements with nationals from PNG to access and fly in cannabis from PNG – great expense in making arrangements – arrested en-route although had decided to abort plan – good quality cannabis seized in PNG

Remorse

Harris

(2004) 150 A Crim R 509

WASCA

Import

 

Possess

 

Attempt poss

 

Import (less than traff)

707g

 

20g

 

159.4g (pure)

 

5g

Resin

 

E

 

E

 

Resin

PGnil

7y 3m

NPP 3y 8m

AA
Same effective sentence
Brought into Australia 5g cannabis in wallet – cannabis resin and ecstasy concealed in books sent from India – possess offence related to controlled delivery of drugs to appellant – attempt possess offence related to attempt to possess intercepted drug