It was alleged that Mr C had used his employment to facilitate two importations of pseudoephedrine through Sydney Airport.
He was charged with the following offences:
- two counts of conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of a border-controlled precursor, i.e. pseudoephedrine
- two counts each of receiving a bribe, abuse of public office and offering a bribe to a Commonwealth official
- possession of a prescribed restricted substance
- four counts of possessing a prohibited weapon.
Mr C was found guilty in November 2015, and sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for his role in the plot.
- This case illustrates what may happen when individuals take advantage of systemic vulnerabilities in a high-risk operating environment that lacks adequate safeguards.
- Certain roles and occupations may be regarded as high risk in terms of the likelihood of employees being exposed to criminal groups who might seek to corrupt them.
1 Case study G discusses the integrity framework that was implemented in Customs as a result of Operation Heritage.