Jail spared for on­line meth buyer

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph | News - David Sal­vaire

A Port Kennedy man who tried to or­der metham­phetamine from the in­ter­net has been spared jail after a mag­is­trate granted him an eight­month sus­pended sen­tence.

Daniel Jon Smith, 48, en­tered pleas of guilty to four charges in Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trates’ Court on Fri­day, in­clud­ing at­tempt­ing to posses pro­hib­ited drugs with in­tent to sell or sup­ply.

He was also charged with pos­sess­ing drug para­pher­na­lia, pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited drug (cannabis) and pos­sess­ing stolen or un­law­fully ob­tained prop­erty.

The court heard Smith used an in­ter­net site called Dream Mar­ket to ob­tain 3.5g of metham­phetamine, which he in­tended to sell.

The pros­e­cu­tor said the drugs had been in­ter­cepted at Perth Air­port on Septem­ber 4, 2017, and were switched and repack­aged be­fore be­ing sent to Smith’s Port Kennedy home.

Po­lice then ex­e­cuted a Mis­use of Drugs war­rant on the home on Septem­ber 9, where they lo­cated the pack­age along­side less than 1g of cannabis, a glass smok­ing im­ple­ment and 10 di­azepam tablets.

Smith’s lawyer Amy Ken­dall told the court her client’s work as a high pres­sure wa­ter cleaner had been re­duced and he felt des­per­ate.

She said Smith un­der­stood the se­ri­ous­ness of the of­fences and was re­morse­ful for his ac­tions.

Ms Ken­dall said Smith had been clean since Oc­to­ber 2017 and said the in­ci­dent served as a “wake-up call”.

The court was pre­sented with char­ac­ter ref­er­ences from Smith’s 22-year-old daugh­ter and a close friend.

Mag­is­trate Leanne Atkins said she had no choice but to im­pose a jail sen­tence.

“Metham­phetamine is the scourge of our so­ci­ety,”she said.

“Peo­ple like you cause mis­ery and des­per­a­tion to large num­bers of the com­mu­nity.

“You went to a great deal of ef­fort to ob­tain the drugs, ac­cess­ing en­crypted web browsers, and you tried to cover your tracks.”

She sen­tenced Smith to eight months jail, sus­pended for 18 months, and he was placed on a com­mu­nity-based or­der.

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