Cocaine plan goes all wrong

A LENNOX Head man was broke and visiting his wife in a Thai village when he allegedly became embroiled in a plan to import cocaine from the United States to Australia.

Brett Dunn learnt he could make $12,500 a package if he rented a Brisbane home and signed for two parcels on behalf of "two men with English accents".

One of those men, Miles Leon Firmin, who is accused of collecting a cocaine package from Dunn, has pleaded not guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court of trying to possess commercial quantities of the imported drug.

Commonwealth prosecutor Julie Sharp told the court yesterday a customs officer x-rayed a box of "toys" marked "World of Disney, Fifth Avenue, New York" and found "anomalies".

She said the box seemed to contain chocolates and a game but samples revealed cocaine.

Australian Federal Police replaced the 8kg of cocaine with a harmless substance and arranged the planned delivery to a home in Fairfield.

Ms Sharp said Dunn was bored waiting for the delivery and collected Lennox Head friend Ron Watt to keep him company in Brisbane.

She said police watched Watt sign for the package not long before Dunn arrived.

Ms Sharp said Dunn then worked with police to arrange for "the boss" to pick up the cocaine a few days later, on June 2, 2009.

She said Dunn told police he mostly communicated with a man called "Shoes" using building terms such as "steel" but sometimes dealt with the "boss".

"This is about joining the dots," she told the jury.

"It's about having all the evidence and applying logic and commonsense to it.

"(The Commonwealth) will show Mr Firmin attempted to have possession of the contents of the box that had been intercepted in Sydney not knowing (the drugs) had been substituted".

The trial continues.



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