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Drug job was ‘illegal but safe'

LEAVE Thailand, go back to Australia and get a friend to buy a pre-paid mobile phone.

Drive from Lennox Head to Brisbane and buy a Courier-Mail newspaper.

Find house rental ad and dial the mobile number before 9am.

Rent the house and wait for a couriered package to arrive.

Brett Dunn told Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday his English mate in Thailand told him he could make $12,500 just receiving a package.

"He said it's illegal, but it's safe," he said.

"He said you just have to receive a package and when it arrives put it in a corner of the room."

Dunn, who was living in his Thai wife's village at the time, said he decided to accept the job because he had tax and child-support bills.

But he told the court he nearly pulled out repeatedly when the job turned into three weeks of waiting, receiving two packages instead of one and having to deliver the package to another man too.

The carpenter said he had lied to his boss about why he was off and got angry when he could not return to work as planned.

Dunn is testifying against Miles Leon Firmin, the man accused of collecting the packages from him.

Firmin has pleaded not guilty to trying to possess commercial quantities of cocaine which customs officers have testified they intercepted at Sydney in a box sent from the United States.

Dunn said he spoke to Firmin and met him several times to arrange payment for his services and delivery of the imported drugs.

Under cross-examination, Dunn conceded Firmin told him he would have to speak to someone else about payment, but said Mr Firmin delivered him a partial payment the next day.The trial continues.

Topics:  court, drugs, thailand




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