'High life' seduces man into helping friend import drugs

THE "high life" and social scene associated with a cocaine-laced lifestyle seduced Cody Wayne Jarvis into helping his new friend import drugs into Australia.

That decision has cost him six years of his life.

Jarvis, now 35, grew up hard on luck, with his father jailed and his mother forced to hand him over to relatives by age four.

Despite leaving home at age 16, Jarvis ended up with a successful mining job around Mackay.

He got caught up in the cocaine lifestyle when he met Tony Van Nguyen, now 28, during a holiday to the United States.

Nguyen told Jarvis in 2013 he had a business opportunity coming his way and would visit him in Queensland.

Jarvis and Nguyen consumed 14g of cocaine in a Broadbeach resort over a week in 2014 while they waited for two packages to arrive.

Brisbane Supreme Court heard on Wednesday how Jarvis provided the addresses of two women he had previously romanced to Nguyen so he could send cocaine, which he thought was for personal use.

But once he learned on Nguyen's arrival that the parcels held 1kg of cocaine, he did not back away.

"I'm going to walk up to this guy with two big tubs of f***ing caps and say 'here you go, here's your coke' and he's going to open it up and go 'what the f***? I've got to tap out all the coke out of these capsules'," he was heard to say on a police listening device.

The men pleaded guilty to importing two parcels that contained six jars filled with items that looked like vitamins. The capsules contained 530.4g of pure cocaine within a total 979.5g of powder substance, believed to be protein powder.

Commonwealth prosecutor Bruce Mumford told the court if that amount of cocaine was sold in 1g street deals at the usual 24.2% purity, it would yield more than $650,000.

But he noted that figure would be less if it was sold as eight-balls or in larger quantities.

Through phone and listening device intercepts, Justice Mullins said it could be inferred Nguyen had to provide US$150,000 to drug ring principals in the United States.

She said while there was no evidence of how much Nguyen and Jarvis were to profit, it was commonsense they would receive money, drugs or a combination.

Jarvis has already served 245 days behind bars. He is eligible to apply for parole after he has served three years and three months.

Nguyen, who has served just 49 days in custody, was sentenced to six years and 10 months. He is eligible for parole after he has served three years and nine months. - ARM NEWSDESK