A 43-year-old man was sentenced to eight years imprisonment with a non-parole period of four years for trafficking drugs into Australia. On 30 July 2014 Ho Man Samson Law arrived at Brisbane International Airport on flight from Hong Kong with eight packages containing 999.8g of pure methylamphetamine concealed inside two pairs of Lycra bike shorts he was wearing underneath his pants.
Customs officers conducted a presumptive test on the Law’s luggage which returned a positive result for methylamphetamine. Law communicated with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with the assistance of a Cantonese interpreter advising Customs officers that he was in fact carrying drugs hidden in his bike shorts. He then consented to have the drugs removed.
Law was then arrested and charged with one count of importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug— methylamphetamine.
The results of AFP Forensic examination found the eight packages contained 999.8 grams net – pure methylamphetamine, the gross quantity was 1.264kg.
In May 2015, Law pleaded guilty and in handing down the sentence, Justice Daubney took into account Law’s character, age, nil criminal history and prospects of rehabilitation. In sentencing he noted that it was a considerable quantity of drugs and they were of a high quality.
‘To you and all those that think they can make a profit from trafficking drugs and people who try to bring drugs into Australia, you will be dealt with seriously by the courts’, said Justice Daubney.
‘It is regrettable that the sentence of imprisonment will keep you away from your elderly mother, sister, partner and young child but today is not just about your immediate family—the spread of methylamphetamine through the community is a cancer in our society—young Australian men and women are dying because of methylamphetamine and every day families are being wreaked by methylamphetamine’, added Justice Daubney.
Intelligence and data continue to show an emerging national and international concern with methylamphetamine, particularly crystal methylamphetamine, commonly known as ‘ice’. The Australian Crime Commission’s report, The Australian methylamphetamine market—the national picture, details the significant growth in the detected importation, manufacture and supply of these drugs—with organised crime groups increasingly involved in the importation and trafficking and ultimately thriving on the profits generated through its sale.
Ho Man Samson Law was convicted and sentenced on 28 May 2015 in relation to:
- One count of importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug contrary to s 307.1 of the Criminal Code (Cth).
Ho Man Samson Law received a head sentence of eight years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 4 years. 302 days of pre-sentence custody declared as time already serviced.