$228K drug haul found in Lexus boot
POLICE intercepted two men driving a Lexus, only to find a 47kg haul of marijuana in the boot.
The District Court at Ipswich heard the illegal drug had a street value of $228,800.
Using a Vietnamese translator, restaurant worker Viet Dung Do, 34, pleaded guilty to possession of a dangerous drug in excess of 500g; and being in possession of a thing ( Lexus sedan) used in connection with a dangerous drug.
Senior Crown prosecutor Paul Bannister said the Queensland State Drug Squad received information relating to the transportation of dangerous drugs.
Stanthorpe officers were contacted and police intercepted the car at Ballandean on June 13, 2017.
Mr Bannister said Do and another man Van Hung Du, 57, were travelling in the car.
Mr Bannister said Do was living in Sydney when arrested but now worked at his sister's restaurant in Melbourne and no longer associated with people in Sydney.
Officers found 47.23kg of marijuana packaged in 54 vacuum-sealed bags.
The two men were taken to Stanthorpe police station.
"Mr Do declined to participate in an interview," Mr Bannister said.
The court heard Do and Du alternated the driving while on a journey.
"These two gentlemen shared the driving from Sydney," Mr Bannister said.
"The community has to be protected from the scourge of such drugs."
At the instigation of both parties, the court was closed by Judge Horneman-Wren SC to hear other aspects of the case.
Do was later sentenced to two years' jail for drug possession and will be released to parole in March 2019.
He received a nine-month sentence (concurrent) for the second charge.
Uber driver Van Hung Du, 57, pleaded guilty to possessing a dangerous drug in excess of 500g and using the Lexus in the commission of a crime.
Du was sentenced to a head term of imprisonment of two years, suspended after serving five months.