A man who arrived at Perth Airport from Bangkok in an airline wheelchair with methylamphetamine stuffed into his pants and an adult nappy has been jailed for seven years.
James Pollock Walden, 31, arrived in Perth on March 10 on board a Thai Airways flight and was carrying four plastic bags containing meth, which were hidden in his clothes.
He admitted he had the drugs on him when Australian Border Force officers said he was going to be forcibly searched, the District Court of Western Australia heard.
The total weight of meth was almost 800 grams, at a purity of about 56 per cent.
The value of the drugs, if sold in ounces, was up to $293,000 and much more if sold in smaller quantities.
Walden, who is on a disability pension due to cerebral palsy and was living in Thailand before deciding to return to Western Australia, claimed his offending as a drug courier was motivated by a desire to make quick money.
The court heard he had intended to provide the meth to another person in Western Australia, who would distribute the drugs more widely into the community, and Walden expected to receive tens of thousands of dollars in return.
“You were prepared to take the risk of being apprehended when you brought the drugs into Australia,” Judge Mark Herron said.
The judge noted Walden had no prior record, had showed some remorse and had stopped using drugs and alcohol since he was taken into custody.
He also took into account Walden’s poor physical and mental health, and the fact that prison would be more onerous for him.
Walden, who pleaded guilty to importing a border controlled drug, was sentenced this week and must serve at least 4½ years behind bars before he can be eligible for parole.
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