Co­caine couri­ers walk free

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

A HUS­BAND and wife have walked from court on pa­role after plead­ing guilty to couri­er­ing co­caine from a Queens­land take­away shop.

Leonard Shaun Kelly, 50, and Kelly Gwen Coster, 41, pleaded guilty in the Bris­bane Supreme Court yes­ter­day to traf­fick­ing dan­ger­ous drugs.

The court heard Kelly and Coster be­came couri­ers after run­ning up a small drug debt with the prin­ci­pal of­fender, who ran the op­er­a­tion out of As­p­ley restau­rant Saucy Wok.

Over six weeks in late 2014, the pair couri­ered 100 trans­ac­tions of co­caine, val­ued at an es­ti­mated $66,600.

The court heard Kelly and Coster re­ceived a 10 per cent com­mis­sion on ev­ery sale of ev­ery gram of co­caine, about $6660 in to­tal.

Jus­tice He­len Bowskill said Kelly acted more in the role of courier, with Coster only driv­ing Kelly and oc­ca­sion­ally an­swer­ing the phone. The court heard Coster was “gen­uinely re­morse­ful” for her con­duct.

Kelly and Coster were both sen­tenced to three years in jail with im­me­di­ate pa­role.

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