Cocaine couriers walk free
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.