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Queensland 'zombie' drug importer jailed

A million-dollar "zombie" drug haul has resulted in more than nine years jail for a Brisbane man after police intercepted the shipment from China.

Sammuel Bartrim, 26, was sentenced in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday for importing a commercial quantity of N-ethylpentylone in November 2017.

The 3.8 kg haul of drugs, colloquially known as monkey dust, zombie or bath salts, had a street value of up to $1.77 million if it had been passed off as MDMA.

The court heard Australian Border Force intercepted two packages of the drug at an Australia Post depot on November 25.

They were addressed to another man who Bartrim had arranged to pay $1500 to receive them in Sydney.

Australia Federal Police substituted the 85 per cent pure powder with an inert one before an officer posing as a postie delivered the parcels.

They swooped on Bartrim five days later after he collected the drugs from the house.

Officers found them stashed in a secret compartment in his car, along with thousands of dollars in cash.

Justice David Boddice said Bartrim engaged in a sophisticated joint venture to fund his lifestyle and drug habit.

"He was heavily involved ... he used encrypted messages. He had a car with a hidden compartment (and) the drugs were hidden in that," he said.

"He knew it was coming from overseas. He knew he was importing it into this country. He knew what drug it was and he, therefore, knows it was border controlled."

Justice Boddice said "every time these drugs move into the community another person potentially becomes addicted to the drugs and that person is very likely to end up like you standing in the dock."

He sentenced Bartrim to nine years and six months in prison. He will be eligible for parole after four years and nine months.

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