A DRUG smuggler convicted on 13 counts of importing illegal substances for personal use has been given a reprieve from a jail sentence.
Judge SC Sheridan gave Benjamin Thomas Nelson a good behaviour bond for two years and probation for 18 months for his crimes which were heard in the Maroochydore District Court yesterday.
The court heard the 22-year-old had imported a range of drugs, including cocaine and ice (methamphetamine) for personal use from Europe, Canada and Thailand and had them posted to his home address.
The drugs were intercepted by customs officials and Nelson was arrested in 2013.
But the court heard Nelson, who was only 19 at the time of the offences, had learnt from his mistake and had turned his life around.
His extended family were in court to show support and his aunts had written references for him.
The crown prosecutor argued crimes of this nature could attract a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.
The defence argued Nelson was young, a first time offender and suffering from an undiagnosed major depressive order at the time of his drug taking.
He was now being properly medicated for his depression and he was also hoping to gain work in the disability sector.
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