A tradie who started out selling his prescribed ADHD medication in high school later played a “principal role” in a plan to import cocaine from the United States, a court has heard.
Adelaide man Jasper James Marshall, 23, will spend two years behind bars for importing up to $110,000 worth of the drug in 2018.
Sentencing him in the District Court on Wednesday, Judge Paul Slattery said Marshall and two others leased five post office boxes in Adelaide in early 2018.
Then, in May of that year, three parcels purportedly containing photographs were sent to Adelaide from Los Angeles.
However, they were intercepted by the Australian Border Force and found to contain cocaine in heat-sealed bags.
Judge Slattery said a total 275 grams of pure cocaine was found, with a street value of up to $110,000.
In June, Border Force officers searched Marshall’s home and found cocaine hidden in shoes in his cupboard as well as more than $5000 in cash, digital scales, plastic bags and three mobile phones.
He was charged and pleaded guilty to importing a marketable quantity of a border-controlled drug and trafficking a controlled drug.
The court heard he had a difficult upbringing, and was prescribed medication after he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
“After discovering that you were able to make money by selling your medication, you began doing so,” Judge Slattery said.
“You were in high school at that time.”
The judge said the offences currently before the court were similarly committed “with the primary goal of financial reward”.
“I have determined that you played a principal role in organising the importation of multiple consignments of cocaine,” he said.
Marshall recently completed a carpentry apprenticeship and was in the process of starting his own business.
However, the court heard his sentence could not be suspended or served on home detention.
Marshall, who arrived at court in a suit accompanied by supporters, was handed a term of four years, with a non-parole period of two years.
Originally published as Tradie’s ‘principal role’ in cocaine import plan