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No jail for importing $100k of drugs

A DRUG importer who had more than $100,000 worth of illegal pills smuggled from Thailand to Hervey Bay has escaped jail time.

Despite sourcing more than 8100 prescription-only pills, mainly Xanax and Valium, Simon Anthony Owen maintained the drugs were for personal use and successfully had supply charges downgraded to possession.

The 37-year-old admitted to assuming a fake identity and arranging for the drugs to be sent to post office boxes at Torquay and Urangan this year.

The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard customs officers had intercepted the drugs at Sydney International Airport.

A controlled delivery was allowed to see where the drugs were headed.

In June, detectives were waiting at the Torquay post office when Owen appeared and gave his name to staff as Paul Campbell.

When he spotted police, Owen fled the store and was chased through the car park before taking off in car.

He was eventually discovered at a Scarness home, destroying a computer hard drive.

The court heard Owen later admitted he had used the computer to contact the Bangkok suppliers.

Another delivery to Urangan was later intercepted at Urangan but the court heard Owen had made the order before his arrest.

Owen avoided jail due to his lack of criminal history.

He was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to perform community service.

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