Selling plant food leads to jail time

A DUDLEY Park man was sentenced to eight years in prison on April 13 for attempting to traffic the designer drug, Plant Food.

On March 5, Cameron Bradley Hewat pleaded guilty to one charge of attempting to traffic a commercial quantity of a controlled drug, 4-Methylethcathinone.

Police said Hewat called the drug �decifle� but more common names for it are mephedrone, meow meow, bubbles and kitty cat.

Justice Stephen Hall said Hewat had received a large quality of the drug to sell for �significant� financial advantage.

In late 2013, Hewat received a parcel at his home containing almost a kilo of mephedrone.

The delivery of the parcel had been arranged through an associate of Hewat�s however it was intercepted by Federal Police.

Federal Police substituted the 997.3 grams of mephedrone with a controlled substance before it was delivered to Hewat�s home address.

The Mephedrone was found to have a purity of 84 per cent.

After it was delivered Hewat took the parcel inside and opened it.

Shortly after police entered his home and arrested him.

Justice Hall said Hewat had expected to receive a share of the profits from selling the drug and planned to keep some for personal use.

Further, he said the commercial quantity for mephedrone is 750 grams.

�The quantity you had was well over that,� he said.

�It appears to be a relatively new drug in the illicit world market.

�What we know about it in this case is derived from what you said and also what has been said by Professor Joyce, a toxicologist.

�It would seem from your evidence that you had used the drug on previous occasions.

�You described it as having an effect that was like a mix between cocaine and ecstasy, with the duration of cocaine

and the feeling of ecstasy.�

He said Professor Joyce had concluded there was little information on how closely the drug mimics methyl amphetamine.

In sentencing, Justice Hall took into account Hewat�s time already served, his remorse and steps to rehabilitate himself as a heavy drug user.

�In my view, the only appropriate sentence here is one of immediate imprisonment,� he said.

He set a non-parole period of six years to reflect the seriousness of the offending.

Hewat received a sentence of eight years and six months, backdated to January 23, 2014.