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Supervision Sentence for Australian Meth Buyer

Magistrate Elaine Campione, at Joondalup Magistrates Court, sentenced a 44-year-old man from Greenwood to 12-months supervision for ordering methamphetamine from the darknet. He had already pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

The court noted that the so-called “high purity” methamphetamine concerned authorities. They reported the meth’s purity touched 82 percent. Of course, the package the 44-year-old had received in the mail contained a product entirely devoid of any active ingredient; Australian authorities had intercepted the package before it had entered the stream of packages intended for the general population of the country. And when Australian authorities intercept packages, they usually swap the active drug for very similar replica substances with no psychoactive properties. This practice, of course, is in use by law enforcement agencies across the world.

Australian authorities arrested the 44-year-old during January 2017. They had intercepted the package of methamphetamine roughly one week prior. The package, officials later revealed, bore the name of an individual who had lived at the same address but had also moved out long before anyone had ordered the methamphetamine from the darknet. After the package arrived at the defendant’s Greenwood home, Australian authorities raided his home in search of both the defendant and the package of fake drugs. And also any other evidence they could use to keep the man behind bars.

According to information revealed in the courtroom, the police discovered enough evidence to justify a sentence far worse than a simple 12-month supervision period. Magistrate Elaine Campione treated the defendant with mercy due to circumstances in his life that had allegedly followed him from his youth. A life filled with the growth, cultivation, and distribution of marijuana. He had also used marijuana since age 13. And police findings confirmed the defendant’s relationship with the plant. In addition to the package, the team that raided the Greenwood home discovered 64 marijuana seeds; 10 grams of dried marijuana in a powdered form; 39 grams of resin; and 80 grams of dried bud. The police also seized illegally owned ammunition, drug paraphernalia, and almost $1,000 of “unlawfully obtained” cash.

The evidence indicating that the man had been selling drugs came from text messages, though. The cash, while presumably connected to marijuana distribution, hardly received a mention. Authorities had charged the man with drug distribution crimes based on text messages between the defendant and one of the defendant’s friends. The man’s lawyer, Jodette Reynolds, argued that the man had been ordering methamphetamine for himself. The defense reiterated the claim in a more explicit sentence: the defendant had no involvement in a drug trafficking operation. Unfortunately for the defendant, the authorities had not accused him of methamphetamine distribution. They had placed him under arrest for, among other things, possessing marijuana and intending to supply it.

The defendant later admitted that he had been selling marijuana to the friend he had been texting. However, the raid came as a “wake up call” for the defendant. His attorney stated that “as soon police entered the home all the drug use ceased.” This was presumably due, in part, to incarceration. The 44-year-old readily cooperated with investigators, though. He admitted that he had been placing orders for drugs on a darknet marketplace with assistance from another friend.

He had also pleaded guilty to the possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal ammunition. The supervision sentence seemed fair, the magistrate concluded.

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