Key Words: Drug Importation; Pseudoephedrine
TB was charged with the very serious offence of drug importation. This was a charge of intentionally importing over four kilograms of pure pseudoephedrine without approval. This substance is often used to manufacture methamphetamine. The amount was over 93 times the critical quantity for that particular type of pharmaceutical.
The maximum penalty for the offence is imprisonment for 5 years and/or a fine of $170, 000. The prosecution was seeking to secure a lengthy period of incarceration as punishment for the criminal offence. TB was at risk of aggravating factors, including the possibility that the court might conclude that she travelled overseas with the sole purpose of transporting illicit drugs back into Australia.
TB entered a plea of guilty to the charge early in the process. Her plea in mitigation focussed on her background and history. She was sentenced to two years and three months, back dated to start from the time of her arrest. A good behaviour bond will be in place on expiry of the sentence.