PD man cops jail for role in drug plan

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A PORT Dou­glas man who con­spired with a for­mer Syd­ney play­boy to im­port pack­ages of pseu­doephedrine into Aus­tralia from Kenya has been handed a seven-year jail sen­tence.

Peter Mitchell, 61, acted as Aus­tralian point man for Mark Coul­ton, the for­mer owner of Syd­ney’s Hard Rock Cafe, as they co-or­di­nated six pack­ages to be sent through the post con­tain­ing more than 3kg of the drug which is used in the pro­duc­tion of methy­lam­phetamine.

Coul­ton, who was handed an 8½ year jail term late last year, was based in the United King­dom dur­ing the deal­ings be­tween Au­gust 2014 and April 2015. He was ex­tra­dited to Cairns last year.

The Cairns Supreme Court heard he and Mitchell had been “long stand­ing as­so­ciates” when they cooked up the scheme.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to pre-traf­fic a com­mer­cial quan­tity of a con­trolled pre­cur­sor and at­tempt­ing to im­port a bor­der con­trolled sub­stance.

The pack­ages were sent through the mail and one sold for more than $32,000 profit.

Three were sent to Port Dou­glas woman Jill Skin­ner who was jailed for 2½ years last Oc­to­ber for her part.

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