This table is intended to be used as a guide only. Individual cases should be read if they are to be relied upon.
Customs Act 1901 (Cth)s.233B(1) - import prohibited drugs.235(2)(d) - maximum penalty - 25yCommercial quantity - 1.5kg(repealed 6.12.2005)
Criminal Code (Cth)s.307.6 - possess marketable quantity unlawful imports.307.9 - possess marketable quantity reasonably suspected unlawful importMaximum penalty - 25yCommercial quantity - 1.5kgMarketable quantity - 2g
MT 8yAT 2y 8m
(1991) 53 A Crim R 118
MT 7yAT 2y 4m
No role in importation - minding it for someone else. Culpability well down the line. To receive reward of $10,000.
(1992) 60 A Crim R 49
50g of 6.9kg importation
MT 10yAT 3yFT 5y (concurrent)MT 10yAT 3y
Suitcase arrived in Australia as unaccompanied luggage. Intercepted and controlled delivery established. Picked up by T. M later apprehended with substituted block. Dealt with as major operators.
NSW CCA 10.3.1994
18mthto be released to recog after 9m
Crown AA3yto be released to recog after 18m
Female offender from Lebanon. Sent heroin in package from Lebanon. Intercepted and controlled delivery arranged. She accepted delivery and signed. Advised a male that the 'present' had arrived. Agreed to co-operate with police against co-accused.
2 Nepalese couriers made controlled delivery to A- wired by police. Took possession of only 16g but regarded as part of wider intention. Played significant part in intended distribution.
Just under 1.5kg
8yNPP 5y 2m(assistance)
Collected drugs from courier to hold for principal.Without assistance sentence would have been 10y NPP 6y
NSW CCA 24.2.1999
A little more than 1kg
G(after 2 weeks of trial)
conviction for possession drugs in Hong Kong
5y 4mNPP 3y 6m
Heroin imported in carbon paper packed in glass pictures. Arrived with co-offender to transport goods to Melbourne. Courier.
NSW CCA 22.10.1999
prior for deemed possession
2 parcels of heroin found in unit. MinderRefugee with unfortunate employment history.
NSW CCA (2000) 113 A Crim R 386
Took delivery of heroin imported by co-offender at Hotel. Dealt with as a courier.Family hardship; difficulty in gaol because foreigner.
NSW CCA (2001) 121 A Crim R 7
Attempted to take delivery of drugs sent from Hong Kong to computer company. Used letterheads and postal address of uninvolved company to take delivery of drugs. Greater than mere courier.
NSW CCA 20.11.2002
AA6yNPP 3y 9m
Took delivery of package containing heroin - OrganiserAfghan - Well established business - Prominant community work
NSW CCA 25.3.2003
8yNPP 5y 4m
Picked up drugs from courier at hotel in controlled delivery- Higher than courierIranian - Suffers substantial back injury
Post Repeal s.16G
NSW CCA 28.7.2004
Failure to report excess currency
7y 6mNPP 5y
Package forwarded to offender from Vietnam intercepted by customs officers, containing four packages of heroin concealed in two hardcover books - street value $176,400-$223,440.Offender on expired student visa.
NSW CCA 18.8.2004
4y 3mNPP 2y 6m
Importation from Hong Kong of 708.5g pure heroin - controlled delivery - co-offenders sentenced for importationRecruited to collect package - favourable prospects of rehabilitation
NSW CCA 30.5.2007
Attempted to collect package containing drugs from post box
NSW CCA 7.5.2009
Priors - possess drug
Was to receive drugs sent in timber frames in packages - controlled delivery - more than mere courierMarried with children
NSW CCA 30.4.2010
6y 6mNPP 3y 9m
Package sent from Bangkok to fictitious person containing drug hidden in glue sticks - arranged for sister to accept delivery - controlled delivery unsuccessful because late - admitted paid to arrange and take delivery of package - culpability in upper end of mid-range
 NSWCCA 16
NPP 4y 10m
Role of trusted middleman in an organised distribution chain.
Nigerian background – represented Nigeria in Cth Games in Australia and acquired refugee status – financial motivation
 NSWCCA 163
NPP 5y 2m
10yNPP 6y 6m
T – more than courier – essential link in sophisticated international enterprise
D – sub-ordinate role – Vietnamese – care of elderly mother