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Import Prohibited Drug -
Commercial Quantity
Cocaine

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Customs Act 1901 (Cth) (repealed 6.12.2005)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)(c): life
s.233B(1)(a)(iv) - possess prohibited import                                                  (includes trafficable with prior specified drug offence)
s.233B(1)(a)(vi) - possess reasonably suspected prohibited import

Commercial Quantity - 2kg

s.16G (CTH) Crimes Act was repealed 16.1.2003 (Applies to sentences imposed after that date) 

Case (age if known)OffenceAmount (pure)PleaRecordResultAppealFacts

Pereira

(25)

(1991) 57 A Crim R 46

NSWCCA

Import

 

Possess trafficable qty cocaine

6.094kg

1.422kg

PGnil

10y

NPP 6y

(concurrent sentences)

Crown AA

13y

NPP 8y 6m

Principal who had actively recruited others.

Excellent prospects of rehabilitation.

Luckier

(68)

NSWCCA

26.3.1993

Import3.387kg.VG 

8y 6m

NPP 5y 6m

ADColombian.

Warfield

(41)

(1994) 73 A Crim R 516

NSWCCA

Conspiracy to import4.378kg

PG

(Sentence Indication)

nil

7y

NPP 4y 6m

Crown AA

9y

NPP 6y

Arranged for collection of consignment and store it until further orders. To receive $50,000. More than mere courier.

In secure employment with no indication of financial need.

Tamayo

 

 

Martinez

NSWCCA

24.11.1995

Possess

 

 

Possess

47.7kg

PG

 

 

PG

nil

 

 

nil

14y

NPP 10y

 

10y

NPP 7y

AD

T local distributor working on commission basis for Columbian organisation.  M lieutenant.

T remorseful and health problems.

M gave assistance.

Lara-Gomez

(38)

NSWCCA

24.4.1996

2 x Posses

59kg

 

18kg

PGnil

18y

NPP13y 6m

AD

(Life would have been appropriate but for subjective features)

Found in flat rented by A and nearby garage.  Came to Australia to establish warehouse facilities and distribute it according to orders.  Not principal but major player.

No co-operation.

Saade

NSWCCA

27.9.1996

Knowingly involved in importation4.009kgVG 

12y

NPP 6y 9m

Conviction ADFound secreted in luggage at airport. Higher than courier but lower than principal.

Zapata

(36)

VSCA

17.10.1996

Consp import2.98kgVGnil

8y 6m

NPP 5y

AD

Recruited by brother to be involved in importation of drugs from Colombia – drugs concealed in windsurfer brought in by brother

Good prospects of rehabilitation

Salles

20.5.1997

QCA

 

[2003] QCA 127

 

Co-offenders:

FILHO (2003)

FERREIRA (2002)

Import14.872kgPG 

20y

NPP 10y

AD

 

 

 

AA

To allow backdate

One of three seamen who brought drugs from Brazil– brought drugs ashore – arranged for new delivery when original plan to deliver drugs to Japan aborted

Barsky

NSWCCA

12.12.1997

Import3.133kgPG 

10y

NPP 7y 6m

AA

10y

NPP 6y

Cocaine in windsurfer. Participated in controlled delivery from airport.  More than mere courier.  To receive $40,000 for involvement.

Reduction for assistance.

Bernier

(47)

(1998) 102 A Crim R 44

NSWCCA

Import2.0451kgPGnil

12y

7y 6m NPP

AA

9y

5y 6m NPP

Found at airport with drugs attached to body.  Drug user in Canada.  Importing drug to pay off debt to bikie gang.  He and wife threatened.  Sentenced as a courier who will not re-offend.

Spiteri

(47)

[1999] NSWCCA 3

Import8.347kg VGnil

14y

NPP 8y

Crown AD

Sent horse carriage and ramp from Nicaragua to Australia containing cocaine.  More culpable than courier - probably a partner in enterprise.

Not driven to crime by need, association or duress.

Jiminez

[1999] NSWCCA 7

Import3.01kgPG 

12y

NPP 6y 8m

AA

9y

NPP 6y

Imported drugs in unaccompanied suitcase.

Refugee, previously incarcerated in Nicaragua without trial for 9 years.  Assistance to authorities.  Medical condition, good prospects of rehabilitation.

Whitney

(56)

[1999] NSWCCA 38

Import2.79 kgPG 

7y

NPP 4y 6m

AA

6y

NPP 3y 9m

(parity)

Baggage found to contain drugs. Acted as courier for $30,000.

US citizen.  Significant assistance to authorities leading to risk of danger to appellant and family.

Stead

[1999] NSWCCA 41

Conspiracy to import4 kg (approx)PG 

10y

NPP 5y

ADImported cocaine in computers with co-offenders.  Difficult to classify role - not dealer, main organiser or financier.

Diaz

(22)

[1999] NSWCCA 123

 

Co-accused:  SAAVEDRA (2000)

REARDON (2002)

MICHAELS (2002)

TAYLOR (2002)

COX (2004)

Conspiracy to import50 kg (proposed importation)PGnil

5y

NPP 2y 6m

AD

Female - Conspired with 6 others to import drugs.  Ceased to be conspirator one week prior to arrest.  Provided assistance interpreting conversations for organisers.

High order of assistance.

Meggett

(25)

(1999) 107 A Crim R 257

NSWSC

Wood CJ at CL

 

Co-offender: GONZALEZ-BETES (2001)

FLAVEL (2001)

VAQUERE (2004)

Import171.2793kgPG 

10y

NPP 6y

 

Sailed boat containing cocaine from Cuba.  No knowledge of amount.  More than courier but less than mid-level executive.

Prior good character - favourable prospects of success - good assistance to police.

Koert

(29)

[2000] NSWCCA 21

Import2.435kgPG 

5y

NPP 3y

ADFemale brought drugs in from Chile.  Co-operated with police for 5 days.  Seeking to raise money to return to children she left in South Africa when husband's threat to kill her forced her to leave.  Courier.

Bellorini

 

 

 

 

 

Ruiz

 

[2000] NSWCCA 50

Import

 

Possess comm qty cocaine

 

Import

4kg

 

4kg

 

 

 

4kg

PG

 

 

 

 

 

PG

nil

 

 

 

 

 

nil

9y

NPP 6y

 

 

 

 

7y 9m

NPP 4y 9m

AA

8y

NPP 5y

 

 

 

AD

2 females - Four offenders brought 4kg cocaine each from America in backpacks.  R arrested at airport.  B arrested at hotel room with co-offender and his cocaine.

B - Not isolated importation, motivated by greed, hardship of being incarcerated in foreign country

R - mother of young children, co-operated with police.

Markar

[2000] NSWCCA 72

Attempt possess2.635kgPG 

6y 6m

NPP 4y 6m

AD

Took possession of packaged sent from overseas.  Controlled delivery.

Assessed at level of courier.

Guzman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henao

(55)

 

[2000] NSWCCA 261

 

 

 

 

 

Co-accused:  UZABEAGA (2000)

Knowingly concerned in importation

 

Knowingly concerned in importation traff qty

 

 

Knowingly concerned in importation

 

Knowingly concerned in importation traff qty

 

Sched:
Possess proceeds of crime

2.635kg

 

1.249kg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.635kg

 

1.249kg

PG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PG

no priors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

prior drug offence

12y 6m

NPP 9y 6m

FT 7y

(concurrent)

 

 

 

 

 

 

17y 6m

NPP 13y 6m

FT 8y

(concurrent)

AA

12y 6m

NPP 7y 6m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17y 6m

NPP 12y

Husband and wife took delivery of packages containing cocaine.  Both principals - husband head of drug syndicate in Australia.

Appeal allowed on basis Judge erred in setting non parole period at 75% head sentence.

Romero-Cepeda

[2000] NSWCCA 229

Knowingly concerned in importation3.5739kgVG 

11y

NPP 6y 6m

AD

(no parity issue)

Controlled delivery of cocaine set in plastic folders to various addresses in Australia from Colombia.  Chemist sent to Australia to extract cocaine from plastic folders - high criminality

Co-offender Toro-Martinez (2000) 114 A Crim R 533 (trafficable quantity)

Saavedra

[2000] NSWCCA 234

 

Co-accused:  DIAZ (1999)

REARDON (2002)

MICHAELS (2002)

TAYLOR (2002)

COX (2004)

Conspiracy to import50kgPG 

7y

NPP 4y 6m

AD

Female - Plan to import drug in wine failed when unable to obtain cocaine from South America.  Made contact with persons in South America who could supply drug.

Assistance to authorities.

Aussem

[2000] NSWCCA 220

Import2.96kgPG 

8y

NPP 2y 6m

Crown AA

6y

NPP 3y

Arrested at airport carrying drugs.

Substantial assistance to authorities resulting in personal risk.  50% reduction in NPP - Health problems.

Bateman

(43)

[2000] NSWSC 915

James J

 

Co-accused: BARTLE (2003)

DIEZ (2003)

FRY (2003)

ROBERTI (2003)

THOMPSON (2007)

Knowingly concerned in importation383.4kgPGoffence committed while escaped from custody - drug offences

13y

NPP 8y 6m

 

Involved in arranging importation through yacht.  Cocaine valued at over $62million. Offence involved elaborate planning, many participants and large expenditure.  Important organising role but below mid-level executive.

50% discount for all subjective features including extensive assistance.

Uzabeaga

(2000) 119 A Crim R 452

NSWCCA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-accused:  HEAO (2000)

GUZMAN (2000)

Knowingly concerned in importation

 

Knowingly concerned in importation traff qty

 

Sched:

Possess proceeds of crime

2.6354kg

 

1.249kg

PGnil

15y

NPP 11y 6m

FT 6y

(concurrent)

AA

12y 6m

NPP 7y 6m

Arranged customs clearance and collection of two consignments of cocaine concealed in satellite equipment.  Role greater than courier.

Assistance to authorities; delay.

Richards

(2001) 123 A Crim R 14

NSWCCA

Conspiracy to import4kgVGlengthy

12y

NPP 8y

AA

9y

NPP 6y

(Parity)

Involved in conspiracy to import cocaine from America - principal role as financier and organiser.

Gonzalez-Betes

[2001] NSWCCA 226

 

Co-offender:

MEGGETT (1999)

FLAVEL (2001)

VAQUERE (2004)

Knowingly concerned in importation172.2kgVG 

Life

NPP 22y

ADFemale - Involved in importation of drugs in yacht.  Mid-level executive.

Flavel

[2001] NSWCCA 227

 

Co-offender:

MEGGETT (1999)

GONZALEZ-BETES (2001)

VAQUERE (2004)

Import172.2kgVG 

Life

NPP 25y

ADInvolved in importation of drugs through yacht.  Mid-level executive.

Salgado-Silva

(2001) 126 A Crim R 1

NSWCCA

 

Co-Accused:  CORDERO-VIDAL (2002)

Import8.105kg

PG

(at close of Crown case)

nil

17y

NPP 13y

AA

17y

NPP 11y 4m

With co-accused arrived at Sydney Airport posing as cameramen to do work for NBC on Olympic Games. Drugs located inside camera equipment.  Middle man - more than courier

Assistance to authorities

Weininger

(29)

(2001) 119 A Crim R 151

NSWCCA

 

(2003) 212 CLR 629

HCA

Knowingly concerned import

 

Conspiracy to money launder

 

Conspiracy to supply comm qty cocaine

4393.9gPGNil

18y

NPP 12y

(concurrent sentences)

AD

 

 

 

Appeal to HCA dismissed

Involved in arranging to import drugs from America through courier – courier was undercover officer – relatively senior position in sophisticated and experienced organisation – "junior partner" or "middle level participant"

Ferreira

(2002) 127 A Crim R 568

QCA

 

Co-offender:

FILHO (2003)

SALLES (1997)

Import14.872kgPG 

19y

NPP 9y 6m

AD

Brazilian crewman aboard ship – one of three who brought ashore cocaine in bags – recruited co-offender Filho

 

Nunez

(50)

[2002] VSCA 15

Knowingly concerned import2.8kgPGNil

9y

NPP 6y

ADSignificant organisational role from Australian end – drugs brought from Colombia through a courier

X

(35)

 

 

 

 

Y

(59)

 

(2002) 130 A Crim R 153

NSWCCA

2 x Consp import

 

 

 

 

2 x Consp import

 

7.1648kg Cocaine

 

24.4889 Ecstasy

PG

Old but serious offence of import heroin

 

nil

7y 6m

NPP 5y

(concurrent)

 

 

 

5y

NPP 3y

(concurrent)

Crown AA

10y

NPP 5y

 

 

 

7y

NPP 3y

Conspiracy extended over 6 months – travelled to Europe to arrange for importation of drugs concealed in hydraulic rams – packed drugs themselves then monitored progress – picked up rams upon arrival in Sydney – controlled delivery

X recruited Y – not a principal but significant organisations responsibilities

Y – role less than X but still active and important contribution

Cordero-Vidal

(2002) 128 A Crim R 543

NSWCCA

 

Co-Accused:  SALGADO- SILVA (2001)

Import8.105kg VG 

16y

NPP 11y

AA

16y

NPP 10y 8m

Assisted co-offender to bring in cocaine in video camera battery belts.

Reardon

(49)

 

 

 

Michaels

 

 

 

Taylor

(55)

 

[2002] NSWCCA 203

 

Co-offenders

DIAZ (1999)

SAAVEDRA (2000)

COX (2004)

Conspiracy to import

 

 

 

Conspiracy to import

 

 

Conspiracy to import

 

50kg

VG

 

 

 

 

VG

 

 

 

VG

Petty criminal - old AR offence

 

On parole for drug offence

 

Long history including drug offences

17y 11m

NPP 14y

 

 

 

20y

NPP 16y

 

 

12y

NPP 10y

AA

17y 11m

NPP 12y

 

 

18y

NPP 13y

 

 

12y

NPP 8y

Conspiracy to import drugs from Chile using wine importing business

R - a principal - organiser - Prospects of rehabilitation - Carer for disabled wife, 15y stepson and younger disabled son

M - made arrangements for supply of cocaine from Chile - Prospects of rehabilitation

T - Lesser involvement - physical and mental illness

Suarez-Mejia

(2002) 131 A Crim R 577

WASCA

 

Co-offenders:

REAVES (2004)

De la ESPRIELLA-VELASCO (2006)

Import707kgPG 

Life

NPP 20y

ADColombian national – sailed with Reaves to South Atlantic to obtain drugs from another boat – removed drugs and concealed them beneath rocks on West Australian coast – boat scuttled at sea – role was to watch over drugs at sea and ensure safe delivery to Australia

Zuluaga-Gomez

(40)

[2002] NSWCCA 358

Import

 

Import trafficable

 

9.0166kg

 

1.153kg

PGnil

6y

9y

(cumulative)

 

Total:

15y

NPP 9y 9m

AA

5y

7y

(cumulative)

 

Total:

12y

NPP 8y

Paid man to receive two packages containing reels of audiotape from Ecuador - Contained cocaine - Subsequently received package of batteries containing larger amount - Significant involvement - more than mere courier

Financial gain - Family in Colombia - Assistance

Mazzitelli

(29)

(2002) 135 A Crim R 132

NSWCCA

Knowingly concerned in importation17.4927kgVGnil relevant

19y 8m

NPP 12y 4m

AD

Arranged with brother in law to have steam cleaning machine imported through company - Involved in arranging delivery of machine and payment - More than courier

Motivated by greed

Mascaro-Varillas

(27)

[2002] NSWCCA 524

Knowingly involved in importation2.9691kg PGnil

15y

NPP 11y

AA

15y

NPP 10y

Co-offender arrived in Sydney from Buenos Aires - cocaine found strapped to his body - Estimated street value $406,000 - $528,580 - Co-offender recruited by applicant in Chile to take drugs to Sydney - Applicant arrested following undercover police operation in US.

Jackson

(60)

(2003) 138 A Crim R 148

QCA

Import

89.1kg

(70% purity)

PG 

25y

NPP 13y

ADDrugs imported on boat from Mexico – Central role in planning and commission of offence – financial gain – involved 16y son

El Hassan

(30)

(2003) 141 A Crim R 346

NSWCCA

 

Co-offender:
EL HASSAN (2003)

Attempt possess17kgPGNil

7y 6m

NPP 5y

Crown AA

10y

NPP 6y

Involved in unpacking cocaine from machine, storage and handling prior to distribution – Limited but crucial role

Assistance in relation to other matter – Prior good character

El Hassan

[2003] NSWCCA 252

 

Co-offender:
EL HASSAN (2003)

Attempt possess17.5kgPG 

15y

NPP 10y

AD

Involved in importation of cocaine in concealed machinery

Assistance to police – Drug addict

Parity

Filho

(34)

[2003] QCA 223

 

Co-offender:

FERREIRA (2002)

SALLES (1997)

Import14.872kgPG 

15y

NPP 7y 6m

AD

Brazilian crewman aboard ship – one of three who brought ashore cocaine in bags – financial difficulties – recruited by co-offender Ferreira

Supporting children and new de facto wife – remorse - assistance

Bartle

 

 

Diez

 

 

Fry

 

 

Roberti

 

[2003] NSWCCA 329

 

Co-accused:

BATEMAN (2000)

THOMPSON (2007)

Knowingly concerned importation380kgVG 

24y

NPP 16y

 

Life

NPP 25y

 

Life

NPP 25y

 

24y

NPP 16y

AD

Largest cocaine seizure in Australia - Vessel brought in from New Zealand to a rendezvous in the Pacific Ocean carrying 380kg cocaine - Arrangements made with suppliers in Central America - Drugs transhipped and brought to Patonga where seized.

Diez – principal organiser – previous conviction for like offence

Fry – principal organiser – criminal history

Roberts

(52)

 

 

 

 

Urbanec

(44)

 

(2004) 9 VR 295

VSCA

 

 

 

Co-offender:

FRASER (2004)

Import

 

Trafficking cocaine

 

 

Knowingly concern import

 

Trafficking cocaine

 

Possess cocaine

 

Possess heroin

3.7kg

VG

 

PG

 

 

 

VG

 

 

 

PG

Cultivation offence

13y

NPP 10

(other sentence concurrent)

 

9y

NPP 6y

(other sentences concurrent)

AD

 

 

 

 

 

AD

Drugs brought into Australia from Benin concealed in ornamental plaques – brought in by R and innocent party – exposed innocent party to liability

R – principal of scheme

U provided support and assistance to R during his trip to Africa from Australia

Reaves

(59)

(2004) 147 A Crim R 26

WASCA

 

Co-offenders:

De la ESPRIELLA-VELASCO (2006)

SUAREZ-MEJIA (2002)

Import707kgPGSignificant record - drug offences

25y

NPP 14y

Crown AA

Life

NPP 18y

American - Purchased boat and piloted it to South Atlantic to obtain drugs from another boat – removed drugs and concealed them beneath rocks on West Australian coast – boat scuttled at sea – key role in importation only – offence committed in order to retrieve large debt owed by Colombian national – although co-offender Suarez-Mejia more senior in hierarchy ability as pilot crucial to operation

Cox

(48)

[2004] NSWCCA 204

 

Co-offenders

DIAZ (1999)

REARDON (2002)

MICHAELS (2002)

TAYLOR (2002)

SAAVEDRA (2000)

Conspire import

 

Conspire import comm qty cannabis resin

50kg

VG

 

 

PG

Similar offence

Cocaine:

20y

 

Cannabis:

14y

 

Total:

29y

NPP 20y

ADProprietor of wine business to be used for importation of drugs from Chile – one of the prime movers

Campillo Vaquere

[2004] NSWCCA 271

 

Co-offenders:

GONZALEZ-BETES (2001)

FLAVEL (2001)

MEGGETT (1999)

Knowingly concerned in importation171.2kgVG 

Life

NPP 24y

ADCocaine sailed in by boat – Principal's representative in Australia – middle level executive – worst case category

Fraser

(49)

[2004] VSCA 147

 

 

Co-offenders:
ROBERTS (2004)

URBANEC (2004)

Knowingly concern import

 

Trafficking

 

Possess

3.7kgPGNil

6y

NPP 4y

 

Total:

7y

NPP 5y

AD

Solicitor – knowing co-offender planning to obtain cocaine in Africa provided advice and assistance in reducing risk of detection – offered future legal assistance if required – drugs brought in by co-offender and innocent party concealed in wall plaques

Substantial cocaine user – hoped to buy cocaine from co-offender – offer of assistance – lost position as solicitor

Trafficking offence related to repeated and persistent sale of cocaine to friend – no profit

Anderson

[2004] NSWCCA 317

Knowingly concerned importation7.5kgVG 

14y

NPP 8y

AD20 packages brought in on flight from LA with 3 co-offenders – no error in following CCA judgment of Wong and Leung before the HCA had handed down its decision – proper consideration given to subjective features

Isherwood

(50)

[2005] QCA 251

Conspire import

6.15kg (impure)

 

6.56kg (impure)

VGOld record but breached bond

18y

NPP 9y

AA

18y

NPP 8y

Conspired to make two imports of cocaine from Brazil via Bali – partner with co-offender – responsible for receiving boxes in Bali and transporting them to Australia

Otto

(27)

(2005) 157 A Crim R 525

NSWCCA

Import

 

Possess false passport

2.1368kgPGNil

14y

NPP 8y 6m

(1y concurrent)

AA

10y 6m

NPP 7y

POST 16G REPEAL

Imported drug from South America secreted in corset – South African citizen agreed to importation for money – believed drug probably cocaine – carried false Irish passport

Danson

(30)

[2005] NSWCCA 343

Aid and abet import

 

Supply comm cocaine

 

Supply comm ecstasy

3.7131kg

 

 

345.2g

 

 

 

294.8g

PGnil

Import:

12y

NPP 7y 3m

 

Supply:

4y

NPP 3y

 

Total:

13y

NPP 8y 3m

AD

POST 16G REPEAL

Drugs imported into Australia from Argentina by courier hidden in lining of suitcases – involved in high level – financier

Drug addict - remorse

Shahrokhey-Zadeh

(21)

[2006] QCA 004

Import4.1438kgVGNil

12y

NPP 6y

AD

Recruited co-offender to travel to South America and return with drugs

Prior good character

De La Espriella-Velasco

[2006] WASCA 31

 

Co-offenders:

REAVES (2004)

SUAREZ-MEJIA (2002)

Knowingly concerned import707kgVG 

Life

NPP 26y

ADCocaine aboard ship coming from coast of Africa – brought ashore in remote north west Western Australia by crew of boat and secreted in small depression – ship scuttled – offender had arrived earlier in Australia and travelled to Broome in motorhome – phone contact with crew of ship arranging meeting – arrested waiting for ship to arrive

Thompson

(46)

[2007] NSWCCA 83

 

Co-accused: BARTLE (2003)

DIEZ (2003)

FRY (2003)

ROBERTI (2003)

BATEMAN (2000)

Knowingly concerned383.443kgPGPriors for importation – breached parole

20y 6m

NPP 13y

AD

POST 16G REPEAL

Highly organised scheme – cocaine sailed from Colombia to NZ – transferred to yacht and sailed to Australia – Accused involved in purchasing and sailing yacht to Australia – significant role

Convicted at original 7m trial – pleaded guilty after successful conviction appeal

Sevilla

[2007] WASCA 116

 

Co-offender:

SUKKAR (2008)

Aid import

 

Possess

78.319kgPG 

Life

NPP 21y

ADArrived in Australia to supervise shipment of cocaine – supervisory or managerial role – retrieved drugs from ship at night using small dingy – hid drugs in secluded beach for collection – sophisticated and well organised importation

Lake

(45)

 

Carstein

(27)

 

Geerlings

(42)

 

(2007) 174 A Crim R 491

QCA

Conspiracy to import5kg anticipatedVG

Old record

 

 

Lengthy record

 

Old record

7y

NPP 3y 6m

 

8y

NPP 4y

 

7y

NPP 3y 6m

ADMade arrangements and paid some money to residents of Torres Strait Island to import cocaine from PNG – no drugs obtained – paid $18,000 – extensive and fruitless negotiations – believed they could obtain 5kg cocaine for $60,000 – intended ongoing business – drugs probably did not exist – similar levels of culpability

Tyler

(32)

 

 

Chalmers

(40)

 

(2007) 173 A Crim 458

NSWCCA

 

(2007) 179 A Crim R 188

NSWCCA

Conspiracy to import

 

 

Conspiracy to import

Supply cocaine

20-30 kg

PG

 

 

 

VG / PG

Nil

 

 

 

Nil

9y

NPP 5y 6m

 

 

5y 6m

NPP 3y 6m

(12m concurrent)

AA

7y 6m

NPP 4y 6m

 

Crown AA

12y

NPP 8y

 

 

AD

(Chalmers only)

POST 16G REPEAL

Involved in plan to import cocaine from South America using corrupt baggage handlers – arrangement cancelled when unable to obtain drugs and threatened exposure of baggage handlers

T – courier – travelled to Argentina with money – to bring in drugs in baggage – addict - assistance

C – arranged purchase of tickets – assistance - depression

Davies

(33)

[2007] QCA 416

Attempt possess2.24kgPGNil

7y 6m

NPP 2y 6m

AA
7y

NPP 2y

Drug concealed in package sent from Colombia – arranged for half-brother to pick up package for third person – aware package contained cocaine – short involvement – unaware quantity of cocaine

Vasquez-Felipe

(2006) 167 A Crim R 321

NSWCCA

Aid and abet3.7kg PGNot stated

12y 6m

NPP 8y 3m

AD

POST 16G REPEAL

Involved in importing cocaine from Peru in purpose built hard sided suitcases – syndicate from Argentina – actual drug imported by co-offender

Assistance

Sukkar [No.2]

(23)

(2008) 178 A Crim R 433

(WASCA)

 

Co-offender:
SEVILLA (2007)

Aid Import

 

Attempt poss

77kgPGMinor offences

21y

NPP 13y

AD

Drugs imported on ship docked in Albany – assisted co-offender in preparation for taking possession of drugs – co-offender took possession of drugs and hid them in bush – drugs substituted by police – substitution discovered when attempt made by appellant and co-offender to retrieve drugs

Involvement towards bottom end of scale

Cornwell

[2010] NSWCCA 59

Conspiracy to import120kgVG 

24y

NPP 14y 6m

AD

POST 16G REPEAL

Conspired to import drugs on boat from Colombia – drugs concealed in whaler on boat – organised Australian arm of venture – to be involved in distribution of drugs - drugs deposited by boat off coast of Queensland to be picked up by Australia arm

Principal role

Silva

(39)

[2010] QCA 79

Conspiracy to import

89kg

(70% purity)

VGnil

24y

NPP 12y

AD

Boat from Mexico boarded in Moreton Bay – packages of cocaine found – undamaged – link between suppliers and transporters – supervised loading of drugs in Mexico – continued involvement during trip to Australia

Family in Costa Rica and Peru – kept in harsh custodial conditions in Costa Rice for 12 months – effect of imprisonment on family

Last Updated: 7/8/2017 

 

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