PD man cops jail for role in drug plan
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.