A MILDURA man accused of ordering methamphetamine from overseas on the dark web claims he only sourced drugs from within Australia.
Torin Nills Johnson appeared in the Mildura Magistrates’ Court via video link yesterday facing charges including importing a border controlled substance.
Police prosecutor Matt Pardon said Border Force intercepted four packages addressed to Johnson containing methamphetamine between April and July, which were later referred subsequently to the Australian Federal Police and Mildura police.
The court heard two of the packages were addressed to different Post Office boxes in Johnson’s name, while the other two were each mailed to different Mildura addresses.
Leading Senior Constable Pardon said Johnson had an Australia Post parcel in his possession when arrested near San Mateo Avenue and Fourteenth Street last month.
The court heard Johnson told the officer the package contained 3.5 grams of cannabis but police seized it and opened it in his presence, revealing it contained 2.8 grams of methamphetamine.
“I thought it was going to be 3.5g of cannabis – that should be here Monday then,” Johnson allegedly told police.
Ldg Sen Constable Pardon said examination of Johnson’s phone revealed messages dating back to February referencing the sale of drugs and photos of drugs, some sent from people with known drug associations.
Police later executed a warrant on one of Johnson’s PO boxes, finding a parcel containing 3.5 grams of cannabis.
Johnson told police he had never lived at one of the addresses parcels containing methamphetamine were mailed to, at Bowring Place.
Defence counsel Bert Hilton-Wood said Johnson denied ever importing drugs from overseas and that many of the parcels were not addressed to Johnson’s full name but to “T Johnson” or “Ty Johnson”.
Mr Hilton-Wood said while Johnson had two PO boxes in his name, he had let others use them.
He said Johnson had a lengthy history of drug use and any trafficking was done to support his own habit.
Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge indicated he would sentence Jonhson to six months’ imprisonment and place him on a community corrections order with a guilty plea.
The matter was adjourned until later this month.
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