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These tables are 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Customs Act 1901 (Cth) (repealed 6.12.2005)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:                                                                                                            Penaltys.235(2)(d) -10 years
s.233B(1)(a)(iii) - import prohibited drug                                                            
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s.16G (CTH) Crimes Act was repealed 16.1.2003 (applies to all sentences imposed after that date)

Case
(age if known)
OffenceAmountDrugPleaRecordResultAppealFacts

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

 Last updated: 20/7/2017