A Perth man has been sentenced to four years in jail over a failed attempt to import almost 3kg of cocaine hidden in purses.
The cocaine was intercepted in June 2021 and replaced with a “harmless substance” before the package from the UK was delivered to its intended recipients at a Willagee home.
The 31-year-old Willagee man is the second to plead guilty and be convicted in relation to the illicit importation of 2.87kg of cocaine worth a potential $1.2 million.
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“The resident opened the consignment and sent images of the contents to a second man, also now 31, who lived in the Perth suburb of Southern River,” the AFP said.
“Messages retrieved from an encrypted app on the Southern River man’s phone, as well as on other devices seized by police, showed he communicated with other people in the United Kingdom about the importation.”
The Willagee man pleaded guilty to attempting to possess a commercial quantity of cocaine and was sentenced to four years in jail.
A cocaine bust worth a potential $1.2 million was made after a consignment containing sparkly purses was intercepted. Credit: AFPPolice replaced the cocaine with a harmless substance and delivered the package to its intended recipients, who were subsequently charged and sentenced to years in jail. Credit: AFP
The Southern River man pleaded guilty to procuring him for the illegal task and in June 2022 was sentenced to a total of eight years in jail, with part of that sentence reflecting his involvement in a separate ketamine supply matter.
AFP Acting Sergeant Loermans said: “This amount of cocaine could have been sold as 2870 street deals.”
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