Black market shopping spree lands Rockhampton man in court

FORGET fashion and electronics, when Luke David Congdon goes online shopping, he buys illicit drugs.

The 26-year-old man pleaded guilty to a string of charges in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday morning after he was found to be attempting to import illicit drugs from China and Germany.

The court heard Australian Boarder Protection officers intercepted two parcels addressed to Congdon from Germany and China.

On inspection, the parcels contained a clip-seal bag containing 1.56g of MDMA, also known as ecstasy and 10.5g of the steroid Trenbolone which was hidden inside a children's book which Congdon had ordered online.

Following the discovery of the drugs, Rockhampton police executed a search warrant at Congdon's residence on April 12 where they discovered 20g of Trenbalone and a large quantity of syringes and needles that were not disposed of correctly, 0.5g of Cannabis, electronic scales, a small glass pipe and a cone piece.

Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll slammed Congdon for his 'cavalier attitude' in turning to the internet for drugs which was a Commonwealth offence.

For possessing illicit drugs, utensils and the incorrect disposal of syringes and needles, Congdon was sentenced to 18 months probation with random drug testing.

For importing the illicit drugs, Congdon was fined $5000 and sentenced to two years good behaviour and a two year probation order with supervision.

The syringes, needles and drug utensils were forfeited to the crown to be destroyed.   



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