A YOUNG father with an IT background has been jailed for at least seven years for turning his hand to the illicit drug trade to fund a legal defence for his two brothers facing murder charges.
Ky Bui, 31, was caught in possession of cocaine with a purity of up to 80 per cent, MDMA ecstasy with purity as strong as 30 per cent and methylamphetamine and precursor chemicals needed to make designer drugs.
At his house police found $101,150 cash, drug-making equipment and computer files relating the manufacture of illegal drugs.
Bui had pleaded guilty to trafficking MDMA, cocaine and methylamphetamine; possessing chemicals and equipment for the purposes of trafficking; and attempting to posses a drug of dependence.
Supreme Court judge Paul Coghlan today told Bui that he “expended significant funds” upon the defence of his brothers while being driven by “a sense of family obligation”.
"Your choice, as matters progressed to raise funds by dealing in drugs, was a life-changing decision for you and those close to you,” Justice Coghlan said.
"It is often said in these courts, but it is perfectly true, that it is very often the families of those who are involved in criminal exercises who suffer the most. And I suspect that is true in this case.
“I do not understand how, given the fate of your brothers, you chose this course. The stakes were significant.”
Bui, who has already spent 457 days in custody, was handed a maximum 10-year term.
Justice Coghlan said he would have jailed Bui for a maximum term of 12 years with a minimum of 10 had he not pleaded guilty.
Paul Anderson, Herald Sun
July 29, 2010