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TRUCK DRIVER FROM YAMBA DRUG DISCOVERY SENTENCED

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A Truck Driver from the Adelaide Plains who was stopped at Yamba with 10KG of Methamphetamine on board has become the first to be sentenced from FBI/AFP Operation Ironside arrests.

Last week in the District Court 25-year-old John Stephen Stevenson of Grace Plains pleaded guilty to the trafficking charge, with court hearing he agreed to collect a shopping back as an unpaid favour for a friend during a regular freight trip in May this year.

As reported in The Advertiser, District Court Judge Jane Schammer told the court Stevenson thought the bag contained a "small amount of cannabis" but knew he was doing "something illegal".

Once discovered the package was Methamphetamine, Stevenson continued driving and was eventually stopped on the Sturt Highway at Yamba by Police.     

Judge Schammer accepted Stevenson didn’t profit from the operation and was given a discount for an early guilty plea, with Stevenson set a two year non-parole period.

At the time of the seizure, the drugs had a possible street value of up to $17.5 Million dollars. 

A forfeiture order of a Kenworth Truck was also finalised.  

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