by Erin Godwin
A SUNSHINE Coast man learned the Silk Road leads to jail today after being sentenced for high-level drug offences including importing marketable quantities of border-controlled drugs.
Dylan Phillip Ford, of Coolum Beach, was street-level dealing to his friends, but ordered drugs on via the Silk Road internet site using his own name and address.
The drugs, predominately ecstasy, were found by Australian Customs and Border Control when they arrived in Australia.
Police then searched Ford's home, finding stockpiles of drugs, which he bought online using Bitcoin, and learned he was discussing the drugs on Facebook.
Ford sold the ecstasy for cash, using the money to pay bills and for weekend entertainment.
Brisbane Supreme Court heard Ford, who was aged 20 in 2013 when he started trafficking, had admitted guilt then retracted it, twice, before he finally pleaded guilty to the offences.
Ford told the court he felt "absolutely horrible about his actions”.
"At the time when I doing it, it just seemed easy, I was stupid, obviously I should not have done the things I did, it was easy and I got carried away with it,” he said.
"After getting caught with it all, I've taken every step I can to try to turn my life away from that and onto something else.”
Ford told the court he had started a pet food business and was studying to become a veterinary nurse.
"The last three years has been absolute hell,” he added, stating he had no one to blame but himself.
Ford told the court he wanted to prove to his father, his family and his friends he could be a better person and learn from his mistakes.
Justice David Boddice said while he was satisfied Ford was remorseful, it had taken Ford a long time to realise what he did was wrong, which had caused significant cost to the community.
"While you were young, and I accept you were very young because of your dysfunctional upbringing, a typical young male, with a attitude perhaps that you were bulletproof and nothing would happen to you that would cause you,” Justice Boddice said.
Justice Boddice said Ford in engaged in something more than trafficking drugs: "you engaged in the importation and the attempted importation of a number of occasions”.
He said by bringing those drugs into the country, other young people would use those drugs and the spiral would continue.
Justice Boddice sentenced Ford to five years jail for trafficking and said he must serve a significant period in custody, as "the need for general deterrence looms large in the current case”.
Ford will be eligible for parole on December 24, 2018.
- ARM NEWSDESK