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'Reckless' teen imported deadly drug (Mephedrone)

  1. chillinwill
    A TEENAGER charged with ordering a deadly new drug over the internet has sparked the first Australian case of its kind in a Darwin court.

    The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is the first juvenile to be charged with importing 4-methylmethcathinone in powder form.

    The boy's lawyer Peter Elliott told Darwin Youth Justice Court that his client was "reckless" as to whether the drug, commonly known as mephedrone, was legal in Australia.

    Mr Elliott said that the drugs were ordered over the internet from a "legitimate" chemical company based in China.

    He said his client would plead guilty to the charge.

    Commonwealth Crown prosecutor Mark McCarthy told the court the boy had admitted importing 1kg of the powder to sell to his friends.

    Mr McCarthy said it was common practice to cut the powder with caffeine. He said the powder could have made up to 5800 capsules and, if sold for $10 each as the boy said, he would have stood to make $58,000.

    The court heard he had paid $8000 and was expected to pay $12,000 when the drug arrived. The drug is believed to have an effect similar to that of cocaine and ecstasy.

    Mr McCarthy and Mr Elliott were yesterday arguing as to whether the matter should be heard in the Supreme Court or the Youth Justice Court, which can only impose a maximum custodial sentence of two years.

    The maximum penalty for the charge is 10 years in prison.

    January 15, 2010
    NT News


  1. chillinwill
    'Driven' teen found guilty over drugs import plan

    A DARWIN teenager has become the first Australian juvenile to plead guilty to importing a new "emergent" drug.

    On Friday the 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted to using a fake ID to transfer $8000 to Israel to pay for delivery of 1kg of 4-methylmethcathinone, also known as mephedrone.

    He also pleaded guilty to importing a prohibited substance.

    Darwin Youth Justice Court heard that the teenager transferred the money and expected to pay another $12,000 when the powder arrived from China.

    Commonwealth prosecutor Mark McCarthy said that when Australian Federal Police officers raided the boy's home last year, where he lived with his older brother, they found empty capsules and documents relating to postal parcels.

    The boy's lawyer Peter Elliott said his client was planning to sell the drugs for $10 a capsule and keep some of it for his own consumption.

    He said his young client was "driven", owning his own successful business and comparing him to media moguls Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch.

    Mr Elliott said the teenager had made some inquiries online as to the legality of mephedrone, and had been told police did not like it being imported, but could not lay charges over it.

    Mr McCarthy asked magistrate John Lowndes to consider deterring other teenagers from committing similar offences when sentencing the boy.

    "There's a risk that persons involved in this trade at another level would start recruiting youths were it seen as anything less than an extremely unattractive option," he said.

    Mr Elliott asked for reports to be made into alternative and periodic detentions and his client's suitability for a community work order.

    Mr Lowndes adjourned the sentencing hearing for two months for the reports to be made, but told the boy that could not be taken as meaning he would not get a term of actual detention.

    January 18, 2010
    NT News
  2. chillinwill
    NT teen drug importer gets 6 months home detention

    A DARWIN teenager will spend six months in home detention for importing 1kg of an "emergent" drug into Australia.

    The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to importing the drugs with the intent to sell the pills.

    He admitted to using a fake ID to transfer $8000 to Israel to pay for 1kg of 4-methylmethcathinone, also known as mephedrone, MMcat or miaow.

    He expected to pay another $12,000, but the stash was intercepted by the Australian Federal Police.

    The drug is said to have effects similar to a combination of ecstasy and cocaine.

    Magistrate John Lowndes said it was a serious offence, but the boy had no priors and had a good character.

    He sentenced him to six months in home detention with his parents, where he will not be allowed to leave unless with permission, drink alcohol or take illicit substances.

    The boy was also sentenced to four months in detention for using a fake ID and sending the money overseas, knowing it could be used for a crime.

    The detention was suspended for 12 months.

    March 15, 2010
    NT News
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