Jail spared for online meth buyer
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.