NZ man busted for part in attempted cocaine import

THE lure of a $100,000 reward for importing 4.1kg of cocaine - with a street value of more than $1.8 million - into Australia through Gold Coast Airport was too much for Neil Mark Robinson.

The New Zealand-born 27-year-old was jailed for 10 years when he faced Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday for trying to smuggle the drugs through customs last February in the lining of three suitcases belonging to him and his girlfriend.

The court heard the concreter, who now lives in Victoria, was only thinking about the money when he became a drug mule for his NZ associates.

The eight packages had a purity between 74% and 82%.

Robinson, four when he came to Australia, was born with a physical deformity which required multiple operations and resulted in social issues when he could finally go to school.

But his defence lawyer told the court his client excelled in sport once he recovered.

He said Robinson went on to represent the Currumbin area and the state playing football.

Robinson will be eligible for parole after he has served 4.5 years behind bars.

He has already served 339 days in pre-sentence custody.

Topics:  cocaine crime drugs gold coast airport import jail new zealand

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