Importer of meth to serve half his time
A CHINESE national who had 900g of methamphetamine disguised as bath salts to be sent by post to his Caboolture home has been jailed for six years.
Chin Ching Au-Yeung, 28, pleaded guilty last week, in the Brisbane Supreme Court to attempting to import a marketable quantity of a border-controlled drug.
Au-Yeung was arrested in August 2012 at an address in Caboolture after Australian Federal Police received a tip-off from Hong Kong Customs officials.
Au-Yeung had arrived in Australia only the month before on a working holiday visa.
"Customs officials in Hong Kong intercepted three packages and noticed they had three heat-sealed packages inside," Crown Prosecutor Lincoln Crowley told the court.
"They notified the AFP and removed the substance from the package.
"The AFP then conducted a controlled delivery of the packages at Au-Yeung's address in Caboolture."
Justice David Boddice sentenced Au-Yeung to six years' jail, but declared the 680 days he had spent in custody as time served and ordered he be released after serving half of the sentence.