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Drugs - Heroin - Import Trafficable Quantity

 

Customs Act 1901 (Cth)

s.233B(1) - import prohibited drug
s.235(2)(d) - maximum penalty - 25y
Commercial quantity - 1.5kg
(repealed 6.12.2005)

Criminal Code (Cth)
s.307.6 - possess marketable quantity unlawful import
s.307.9 - possess marketable quantity reasonably suspected unlawful import
Maximum penalty - 25y
Commercial quantity - 1.5kg
Marketable quantity - 2g

Case​OffenceAmount​PleaSentence​Appeal​Record​Facts

Lankreijer
NSW CCA
14.6.1991

Import

232.7g (pure)

PG

3y 6m
NPP 2y 6m

AD

Addict - heroin for own use and for friends and associates.
Suffered spasticity in arm.

Chebat
NSW CCA
25.7.1991

Import

606g (pure)

VG

10y
NPP 8y 6m

AA
10y
NPP 6y

Nil known

Concealed in suitcase - Courier

Ndubuisi
NSW CCA
27.3.1992

Import
Possess proh import

378g

PG

FT 5y 6m

AA
6y
NPP 4y

Nigerian involved as courier. Heroin concealed in his body. Importation towards bottom end of scale.

Gurung
NSW CCA
22.5.1992


Co-accused:
LAWLESS
(possess prohibited import)

Import

151g (70% pure)

PG

6y 6m
NPP 4y 6m

AD

nil

Swallowed condoms filled with H. Courier
Nepalese - Background of poverty

Dowe
(59)
NSW CCA
26.3.1993

Import

80g (pure)

VG

6y
NPP 4y

AD

nil

Arrested at airport with 17 packets in shoes.
No contrition, some co-operation with authorities.

El-Cheikh
NSW CCA
26.3.1993

Import

44.5g (pure)

PG

6y 6m
NPP 4y 4m

AD

gaol for supply heroin in Aust.

Heroin in body - Part for own use, part for sale.

Kelly
NSW CCA
20.4.1993

Import

41.1g (pure)

PG

3y 6m
NPP 2y

AA
3y
NPP 18m
(assistance)

Purchased in Thailand for $960. Primarily for own use.
Heroin addict, unemployed.

Clarke
NSW CCA
23.4.1993

Import
Possess proh imports

94.2g (77.4% pure)

PG

6y 6m
NPP 4y 4m

AD

prison in Sweden for importation

Imported heroin in body. Heroin imported for sale.

Gedid
(50)
NSW CCA
23.4.1993

Import

961g (pure)

VG

7y
NPP 5y

AD
'Well within the discretion'.

Nil

Lebanese woman, sick. One dependent child and elderly husband in Lebanon.

Zielinski
NSW CCA
21.5.1993

Import

667.3g

VG

6y
NPP 3y 6m

Crown AA
7y 6m
NPP 4y

Female - Recruitment of 15y daughter an aggravating factor - Drugs carried internally and in daughter's shoes.

Turner
NSW CCA
21.5.1993

Import

685.5g pure

PG

7y 6m
NPP 4y 6m

AD

nil

Apprehended at airport with drugs strapped to body. Courier
Excellent prior character - army service, assistance to police, prospects of rehabilitation.

Sanna
(49)
NSW CCA
21.5.1993

Import

863g (pure)

VG

9y
NPP 5y

AD

Drugs in suit-case. Did not speak English.

Rachid
(63)
NSW CCA
13.8.1993

Import

105g (pure)

PG

5y 6m
NPP 4y

AD

nil

Travelled from Lebanon, to be paid $5000 Courier. Wanted to finance eye surgery.
Conditions of detention for non-English speaking foreigner, late plea at arraignment.

Drazkiewic
(43)
NSW CCA 23.11.1993

Knowingly concerned in importation

165g (pure)

PG

8y
NPP 6y

AA
7y
NPP 4y 6m

nil

Importation from Thailand with 4 co-off: 2 couriers and 2 planners. Sentenced as courier.
Late plea, good character discount for absence of remissions

Sukjai- Crawshaw
NSW CCA
3.6.1994

Import

130.1g (pure)

6y
NPP 4y

AA
4y
NPP 2y 6m
SJ did not have information about mental illness.

Swallowed H. Drugs valued at $70K. Sentenced as courier.
Gave some information to police but was of little assistance. Was a serious chronic paranoid schizophrenic.

El-Khoury
NSW CCA
30.9.1994

Import

99.9g (pure)

PG

6y
NPP 3y 6m

AD

Female with drugs concealed by insertion into vagina. Estimated street value of $190- $280K. Failed to discharge onus that it was for her own use.
Middle aged woman from Lebanon entering on a 3 month visa. Dependent children in Lebanon.

Nguyen
NSW CCA
6.10.1994

Import

250g (pure)

VG

8y
NPP 5y

AD

prior for attempt import

Sentenced as 'more than a mere courier'Drug hidden in shoe sole.
Heroin addict

Chaaroui
NSW CCA
4.11.1994

Import

92.8g (pure)

PG

6y
NPP 4y

AD

Paid $20,000 to import drugs.

Kiely
NSW CCA
10.11.1994

Knowingly concerned in importation

409.1g (pure)

PG

9y
NPP 4y

Crown AA
Failure to give assistance
9y
NPP 5y

Took delivery of drugs in Hong Kong - Delivered to couriers

Schrei
NSW CCA
24.11.1995

Import

18g (pure)

PG

FT 5y

AA
5y
NPP 3y 6m

Refused to 'pass'packages in his anal tract. Courier.

Elchami
(59)
NSW CCA
15.12.1995

Import

548g (pure)

PG

7y
NPP 5y

AD

nil

Lebanese man approached drug dealer to obtain fair to visit son in Australia.

Doan
NSW CCA
27.9.1996.

Import

170.8g (pure)

VG

6y
NPP 3y 6m

AD

Female - No higher than courier. Wore shoes with heroin concealed. Possibly to receive a share of $10,000.

Zayat
NSW CCA
22.11.1996

Import

165g (pure)

PG

FT 5y

AD

To be paid $10,000 to go to Lebanon and bring back drugs.

Le
NSW CCA
22.11.1996

Import

570.3g (pure)

PG

7y
NPP 4y 6m

AD

Female committed offence because of financial difficulties. Some assistance to authorities.

Lee
(23)


Ng
(23)

NSW CCA
20.12.1996

Import



Import

488g pure



301g pure

PG



PG

8y
NPP 6y


8y
NPP 6y

AA
8y
NPP 5y 3m

AA
8y
NPP 5y 3m

nil



nil

Couriers arrested at airport. Drugs concealed in chocolate bars and shoes.
No connections to Australia
Assistance to authorities.

Maman
(31)
NSW CCA
27.3.1997

Import

461.8g (pure)

PG

9y

AA
8y
NPP 5y

nil

Apprehended at airport. Courier motivated by greed.
No assistance. Israeli with strong family ties on Australia.

Lawson
(18)


Wu
(38)


Thapa
(18)

(1997) 98 A Crim R 463

Import



Knowingly involved in import

Import

320g (pure)


666g (pure)


346g (pure)

PG



PG



PG

3y 6m
NPP 2y


9y
NPP 6y


3y 6m
NPP 2y

Crown AA
6y
NPP 3y 6m

Crown AD



Crown AA
6y
NPP 3y 6m

nil



serious drug offences


nil

L and T each recruited by W to be couriers. L and T carrying drugs internally. W to collect drugs from them when possible.
L a US national
T had Burmese and British nationality. Neither had priors.
Little that could be said in favour of W

Dodd
(40)


Kavinmethavee

NSW CCA
30.6.1998

Conspiracy to import


Conspiracy to import

Small trafficable amount

PG



PG

12y
NPP 9y


6y
NPP 4y

AA
10y
NPP 6y 6m

4y
NPP 2y 6m

minor drugs, on parole


nil

D and K went to Thailand to purchase H. D returned and K organised couriers.
K apprehended at Bangkok. Informed on couriers and returned home. Arrested in Sydney. Informed on D. Intermediary.
D was organiser, although motivated by addiction. Relatively small trafficable quantity.

Chu
NSW CCA
16.10.1998

Import

851.9g (pure)

VG

7y
NPP 4y 6m

AA
6y
NPP 3y 9m
(assistance)

Courier. Brought in two bottles of scotch with heroin inside. Told police he was aware he was bringing in an illegal substance. Agreed to a controlled delivery which resulted in arrest of co-accused.

Tamotsu
(1999) 109 A Crim R 193

Co-offenders
SUGAHARA
WATANABE
(import commercial)

Import
Conspiracy to import

1.481.5g (pure)

11y
NPP 7y 6m

AA
10y 3m
NPP 6y 3m

Drugs found on A as he came through customs. Admitted to police he had done the same three months earlier.

Ha
(28)
NSW CCA [385]
26.11.1999

Knowingly involved in import
Possess prohibited imports

317.9g (pure)
226.72g (pure)

PG

12y
NPP 8y
FT 4y (concurrent)

AA
10y
NPP 6y 6m

nil

Frequent traveller between Vietnam and Australia. Sent heroin by post to Vietnam. More heroin found at house.
Regarded as sole operator or one of principals.

K
(24)
NSW CCA[200]
18.5.2000

Import

720.6g (pure)

PG

7y
NPP 4y
(40% discount for assistance)

AA
(above guideline)
5y
NPP 3y

nil - although previously acted as courier between Thailand and Indonesia

Arrested at airport with heroin in suitcase. Participated in controlled delivery to principal. Treated as courier.

Olbrich
(58)
(2000) 117 A Crim R 326

Import

1184g (pure)

PG

8y 6m
NPP 6y

AA
8y 6m
NPP 5y
(to take into account effect of long appeal process on conditions of incarceration)

Imported heroin in luggage. No evidence of A's position in drug organisation. Paid $15,000 to import drugs.
Cooperation with police.

Auv
(23)
NSW CCA [375]
9.8.2002

Import

242.2g (pure)

PG

8y 6m
NPP 6y

AA
7y 6m
NPP 5y

nil relevant

Male - Treated as principal - Facts not stated.
Assistance to police about importation of heroin into Australia from Cambodia.

Tanudjaja
NSW CCA [467]
19.11.2002

Import

344g (pure)

PG

6y
NPP 3y

AD

Female - Financially difficult circumstances - Remorse - Model prisoner - Suffering severe depression

Chew
NSW CCA [26]
25.4.2004

Import

71.8g (pure)

PG

6y
NPP 4y

AD

Ingested heroin - dealt with as more than courier

Chew
(22)
NSW CCA [132]
23.4.2004

Import

303.5g (pure)

PG
(earliest opp)

6y 6m
NPP 4y 6m

AA
5y 3m
NPP 3y 3m

Nil

Courier carrying drugs internally
Malaysian - - Prior good character - Assistance - Parity

Dang (40)
NSW CCA [269]
30.7.2004

Import

218.6 (pure)

PG

6y 6m
NPP 4y 4m

AD

Nil relevant

Vietnamese, migrated to Australia in 1981 - returned to Sydney after a trip to Vietnam, 400g heroin powder concealed in his shoes - courier


 

Post Repeal s.16G

Case Offence Amount Plea Sentence Appeal Record Facts

Mas Rivadavia
(21)


El Akkaoui
(22)

NSW CCA [284]
18.8.2004

Conspiracy to import


Conspiracy to import

PG



PG

6y 9m
NPP 4y 3m


6y 9m
NPP 4y 3m

Crown AA
8y 3m
NPP 5y 3m

8y 3m
NPP 5y 3m

Nil



Nil

Importation from Hong Kong of 708.5g pure heroin - controlled delivery - co-offender sentenced for attempt possess
RMR - employee of FedEx -responsible for passing messages and advising re progress of packages - after arrest suffered depression with psychotic features - favourable prospects of rehabilitation
RA - passed messages and supervised collection of package - favourable prospects of rehabilitation

Mirzaee
(59)
NSW CCA [315]
17.9.2004

Import

578g (pure)

PG

9y
NPP 6y

AA
9y
NPP 4y 6m

Nil

Imported drugs from Iran - Courier
Financial hardship - Heart problems - Isolation from family - Erroneously took into account probable importation

Bezan
(44)
NSW CCA [342]
13.10.2004

Import

260g (pure)

VG

5y 6m
NPP 3y 3m

Crown AA
8y
NPP 5y

Nil

Drugs secreted in chessboard - Principal

Ogochukwu
NSW CCA [473]
29.10.2004

Knowingly concerned in import

217.9g (pure)

VG

7y 4m
NPP 5y

AD

Nil

Took delivery of heroin mailed from Thailand - facilitated delivery
Prior good character

Kaldor
(57)
NSW CCA [425]
29.11.2004

Import

479.3g (pure)

VG

3y 4m
NPP 2y

Crown AA
7y
NPP 4y

Minor; no prison

Heroin imported from Vietnam in a guitar

A
(42)
NSW CCA [292]
16.12.2004

Import

316.9g (pure)

PG

7y
NPP 4y 6m

AD

Irrelevant

Vietnamese born female imported heroin in shoes for $20,000 - courier at lowest end of importation
Substantial and beneficial assistance - sad and different life - isolation in custody - back condition

Bartlett
(28)
NSWCCA [105]
23.3.2005

Import
Import cocaine

306.8g pure cocaine
54g pure heroin

PG

7y
NPP 4y 2m

AD

Nil

Accepted money to import powder from South Africa in shoes and on sanitary pad - didn't know what powder was - full admissions - early plea
Sexually abused as child - daily use of heroin since 2000 - 5y daughter, in care of ex-husband - anxiety -  depression - remorse

Do
(49)
NSW CCA [258]
22.7.2005

Import

478.4g (pure)

VG

8y
NPP 5y

AD

Nil

Vietnamese female brought drugs secreted in shoes - paying off gambling debt
Tragic childhood - Retrial

Pham
(27)
NSW CCA [314]
12.9.2005

Import

244.6g (pure)

PG

9y
NPP 5y 6m

AA
8y
NPP 4y 6m

Record

Brought in heroin from Bangkok - low level importer
Suffering psychological condition resulting from car accident - reasonable prospects of rehabilitation

De Campos
(44)
NSW CCA [51]
28.2.2006

Import

280.2g (pure)

PG

8y
NPP 5Y

AA
7y 6m
NPP 4y 6m

South African woman imported drugs internally - seeking money to support mother
Discount should be given for offer to assist

Ogochukwu
NSW CCA [473]
29.10.2004

Knowingly concerned in import

217.9g (pure)

VG

7y 4m
NPP 5y

AD

Nil

Took delivery of heroin mailed from Thailand - facilitated delivery
Prior good character

Kaldor
(57)
NSW CCA [425]
29.11.2004

Import

479.3g (pure)

VG

3y 4m
NPP 2y

Crown AA
7y
NPP 4y

Minor; no prison

Heroin imported from Vietnam in a guitar

A
(42)
NSW CCA [292]
16.12.2004

Import

316.9g (pure)

PG

7y
NPP 4y 6m

AD

Irrelevant

Vietnamese born female imported heroin in shoes for $20,000 - courier at lowest end of importation
Substantial and beneficial assistance - sad and different life - isolation in custody - back condition

Bartlett
(28)
NSWCCA [105]
23.3.2005

Import
Import cocaine

306.8g pure cocaine
54g pure heroin

PG

7y
NPP 4y 2m

AD

Nil

Accepted money to import powder from South Africa in shoes and on sanitary pad - didn't know what powder was - full admissions and early plea
Sexually abused as child - daily use of heroin since 2000 - 5y daughter, in care of ex-husband - anxiety and depression - remorse

Do
(49)
NSW CCA [258]
22.7.2005

Import

478.4g (pure)

VG

8y
NPP 5y

AD

Nil

Vietnamese female brought drugs secreted in shoes - paying off gambling debt
Tragic childhood - Retrial

Pham
(27)
NSW CCA [314]
12.9.2005

Import

244.6g (pure)

PG

9y
NPP 5y 6m

AA
8y
NPP 4y 6m

Record

Brought in heroin from Bangkok - low level importer
Suffering psychological condition resulting from car accident - reasonable prospects of rehabilitation

De Campos
(44)
NSW CCA [51]
28.2.2006

Import

280.2g (pure)

PG

8y
NPP 5Y

AA
7y 6m
NPP 4y 6m

South African woman imported drugs internally - seeking money to support mother
Discount should be given for offer to assist

Vo








Tran
NSWCCA [165]
24.5.2006

Conspiracy to import

678.4g

PG

9y
NPP 6y






6y
NPP 2y 6m

Crown AA (resentencing after failure to fulfil undertaking to assist authorities)
10y
NPP 6y 6m

6y 8m
NPP 2y 10m

Vo was principal in organisation involved in importing heroin from Vietnam - Employed persons to recruit drug couriers.
Tran was Vo's partner - Acted as assistant.

Le
(40)
NSW CCA [136]
25.8.2006

Import

117.6g

PG

7y 6m
NPP 5y

AD

Nil

Female imported drugs internally from Singapore
Deprived background - hardship to children

Mirza
(35)
NSW CCA [257]
30.8.2007

Import

313.7g (pure)

PG

9y
NPP 5y

AD

Nil

Heroin found in packaged taped to feet - left Australia for purpose of importing drugs
Financial difficulty


 

Criminal Code  

Case

Offence

Amount

Plea

Sentence

Appeal

Record

Facts

Hoang

(25)

NSWDC [185]

Norrish QC DCJ

10.11.2006

Import

86.4g (pure)

PG

6y

NPP 3y 4m

 

nil

Drugs hidden in blanket carried by offender – further powder secreted in underpants – isolated offence – Vietnamese born and feeling isolated in Australia

Heroin user – vulnerable person in gaol – positive prospects of rehabilitation

Ho

 

Ho

 

NSWDC [27]

Berman SC DCJ

22.2.2007

Import

 

Import

393g (pure)

 

236g (pure)

 

6y

NPP 3y

 

Nil

 

nil

Sisters imported drugs from Vietnam secreted in shoes – seeking money to pay debt – couriers

Both married with children – remorse – little English – good prospects of rehabilitation

Springer

(2007) 177 A Crim R 13

 

 

NSW CCA [144]

25.5.2009

Import

96.4g

(71.8g pure)

PG

6y

NPP (not stated)

AA

4y 6m

NPP 2y 9m

 

Crown AA

4y 6m

NPP 3y 9m

 

Importation from Vietnam – drugs swallowed – SJ erred in assessment of applicant’s assistance to authorities.

 

Sentenced increased when failed to give promised assistance

Tran

(46)

NSWDC [52]

Nicholson SC DCJ

12.4.2007

Import

861g (pure)

PG

7y

NPP 4y 3m

 

nil

Drugs secreted in hardcover books brought in by offender from Vietnam – not a principal but well aware importing drugs – arrangements made to import drugs in Vietnam not prior to departure from Australia

Pham

(43)

NSWDC [210]

Nicholson SC DCJ

21.9.2007

Import

110g (pure)

PG

5y

NPP 3y

 

Nil

Vietnamese born – drugs internally concealed – to pay gambling debt

Pathological gambling addiction – handicapped child

Seng

NSW CCA [335]

7.12.2007

Import

87.8g

(71.7g pure)

PG

5y 6m

NPP 3y

AA

5y

NPP 2y 6m

 

Importation for principal S from Cambodia – courier - drugs concealed internally – parity with co-offender E who had greater role.

Danial

(59)

NSW CCA [15]

31.1.2008

Import

239g

94.4g (pure)

PG

6y

NPP 4y

AD

Nil

Female - Importation from Vietnam – drugs concealed in underwear – courier.

Suffering from cancer.

Bun

(42)

NSWDC [138]

Nicholson SC DCJ

1.2.2008

Import

120.1g (pure)

PG

5y 6m

NPP 3y 3m

 

 

Female - Cambodian born – brought heroin from Cambodia concealed internally - courier

Gambling problem led to debt

Huynh

(2008) 180 A Crim R 517

Import

141.30g

(108g pure)

PG

4y

NPP 2y

Crown AA

6y

NPP 4y

 

Importation from Vietnam – drugs swallowed – courier – conduct undertaken to reduce gambling debt.

Chea

(30)

 

Choun

(38)

 

Loeung

(25)

 

Oum

(35)

 

 

 

BS

(37)

 

Srey

(35)

 

Yin

(37)

 

NSW CCA [78]

21.4.2008

Import

146.8g (pure)

 

149.9g (pure)

 

169.7g (pure)

 

228.8g (pure)

 

 

 

239.2g (pure)

 

27.1g (pure)

 

 

222.8g (pure)

PG

4y 5m

NPP 2y 11m

 

5y 6m

NPP 3y 6m

 

4y 5m

NPP 2y 9m

 

5y 6m

NPP 3y

 

 

 

5y 3m

NPP 2y 9m

 

3y 2m

NPP 2y 2m

 

5y 6m

NPP 3y

Crown AD

 

 

Crown AD

 

 

Crown AD

 

 

Crown AD

AA

5y 3m

NPP 3y

 

Crown AD

 

 

Crown AD

 

 

Crown AD

AA

5y 3m

NPP 3y

 

Cambodian nationals travelled to Australia as a group – swallowed pellets of heroin – couriers – impoverished backgrounds

Chea – male - lost consciousness and required emergency surgery – assistance

Choun - male

Loeung – female – young child fostered in Australia – assistance

Oum – female – assistance

BS – female – young child in foster care – HIV positive – assistance

Srey – male - less deprived background – assistance

Yin – female - assistance

TYN

(42)

(2009) 195 A Crim R 345

Import

242.3g (pure)

PG

6y

NPP 3y 9m

AD

Minor

Courier – travelled to Vietnam and swallowed heroin before returning to Sydney

Drug user – provided assistance – remorse – reasonable prospects of rehabilitation

Brink

NSW CCA [217]

22.9.2010

Import

(cocaine and heroin)

210.5g cocaine

281.9g heroin.

PG

8y 6m

NPP 5y

AD

 

Brought in drugs concealed in picture frames from South Africa – suspicious that frames contained drugs

Amputated leg

Youssef

(41)

NSWCCA [104]

23.5.2011

Import

573.6g (pure)

PG

7y 8m

NPP 4y 8m

AD

nil

Agreed to import heroin from Thailand to repay money borrowed to bring daughter to Australia from Iran

Born in Iraq – assistance to authorities

Seah

(37)

NSW CCA [269]

14.12.2011

Import

423.6g

(pure)

PG

8y

NPP 5y

AD

Record in Singapore

Arrived from Malaysia with drugs in shoes – courier

History of drug abuse – financial difficulties

Kuti

(70)

NSW CCA [43]

13.4.2012

Import

452.6g
(56.8%pure)

PG

7y 6m

NPP 4y 6m

AD

nil

Nigerian – drugs concealed internally.

From village – poor financial circumstances.

Younan

(47)

NSW CCA [155]

18.7.2012

2 x Import

537g (pure)

642g (pure)

VG

Total-

7y 5m

NPP 4y 6m

AD

 

At request of co-offender S, travelled to Thailand and returned to Australia with heroin hidden in shoes (role of courier) – on second occasion, assisted H to import drugs and received $10k for his assistance – disclosures to police regarding himself and cooffenders – however, A insisted he thought he was importing diamonds – no scope for finding remorse.

Sentence at very bottom of range.

Offences committed for gambling addiction

Discount for assistance.

Nguyen

(49)

NSW CCA [184]

4.9.2012

Import

274.7g (pure)

PG

7y

NPP 4y

AD

possession and use heroin; trafficking in heroin; burglary; theft, larceny, possession of ammunition without licence, stalking or intimidating, common assault, obtain money by deception.

Courier - arrived from Cambodia – had swallowed pellets – paid about $40k – street value between $310k-$530k

Mental illness – drug abuse – traumatic background.

Isaac

NSWCCA [195]

14.9.2012

3 x aid and abet import

537.3g (pure)

642.1g (pure)

Similar amount

PG

11y 8m

NPP 8y 6m

AA

9y 10m

NPP 7y 5m

 

Principal organiser – all drugs imported in shoes of couriers – arranged couriers – travelled to Vietnam to have shoes filled with drugs

Gave evidence against couriers

Huynh

[2015] NSWCCA 167

​Import

 

Sched:
Import pseudo

​197g (pure)

 

423.9g (pure)

​PG

(discount not stated)

​7y

NPP 4y

ADPrior conviction for drug importation – released from custody 12 months prior to offenceFemale courier – agreed to bring in drugs from Vietnam for money – not aware of precise nature or quantity of drugs – pseudoephedrine found in bags – heroin concealed in pellets inserted in groin area

Mother to three children – mother ill in Vietnam – husband unable to obtain visa – 5% discount for minor assistance


District Court Cases

Case Offence Amount Plea Sentence Appeal Record Facts

Hoang
(25)
NSWDC [185]
Norrish QC DCJ
10.11.2006

Import

86.4g (pure)

PG

6y
NPP 3y 4m

nil

Drugs hidden in blanket carried by offender - further powder secreted in underpants - isolated offence - Vietnamese born and feeling isolated in Australia
Heroin user - vulnerable person in gaol - positive prospects of rehabilitation

Ho

Ho

NSWDC [27[
Berman SC DCJ
22.2.2007

Import

Import

393g (pure)

236g (pure)

6y
NPP 3y

Nil

nil

Sisters imported drugs from Vietnam secreted in shoes - seeking money to pay debt - couriers
Both married with children - remorse - little English - good prospects of rehabilitation

Tran
(46)
NSWDC [52]
Nicholson SC DCJ
12.4.2007

Import

861g (pure)

PG

7y
NPP 4y 3m

nil

Drugs secreted in hardcover books brought in by offender from Vietnam - not a principal but well aware importing drugs - arrangements made to import drugs in Vietnam not prior to departure from Australia

Pham
(43)
NSWDC [210]
Nicholson SC DCJ
21.9.2007

Import

110g (pure)

PG

5y
NPP 3y

Nil

Vietnamese born - drugs internally concealed - to pay gambling debt
Pathological gambling addiction - handicapped child

Bun
(42)
NSWDC [138]
Nicholson SC DCJ
1.2.2008

Import

120.1g (pure)

PG

5y 6m
NPP 3y 3m

Female - Cambodian born - brought heroin from Cambodia concealed internally - courier
Gambling problem led to debt

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