A Canadian man has been sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for attempting to bring large quantities of cocaine and ecstasy into Australia.
A Canadian man who helped import more than $130 million worth of cocaine and ecstasy into Australia has been sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment.
Kelsey James Nerbas, 34, was among four men arrested in 2006 trying to smuggle 121,000 ecstasy tablets and 136kg of cocaine from Canada to Queensland.
The Brisbane Supreme Court heard the drugs, worth almost $125 million, were hidden in computer monitors and at the time it was the largest known drug importation in Queensland.
Several months before they were arrested the men had also brought 200,000 ecstasy tablets and 4kg of cocaine worth $11.5 million into the country using the same method.
Nerbas pleaded guilty in 2008 to importing a commercial quantity of drugs but his sentence was adjourned after he withdrew his plea.
He eventually pleaded guilty to possessing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs and attempting to possess commercial quantities of border controlled drugs and was sentenced in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Justice Anthe Philippides ordered he serve 10 years’ jail without parole and took into account the seven years he has already spent in custody.
Meanwhile Nerbas’ accomplice Dennis Paul Paddison had his sentence trimmed in the same court after his original sentence of 22 years was set aside following a successful appeal.
Paddison, 36, was convicted at retrial last year of importing commercial quantities of border controlled drugs and attempting to possess commercial quantities of border controlled drugs.
He was sentenced to 19 years’ prison including twelve-and-a-half years without parole after the court heard his level of criminality was greater than Nerbas’.