Two brothers from Hong Kong who were found with almost 11.5kg of methylamphetamine in Perth have each been jailed for more than a decade.
Yik Chiu Wong, 25, was arrested in the CBD on February 20, 2015 after picking up 3.855kg of the drugs from a rendezvous.
That same day, police also swooped on Yik Chuen Wong, 26, while he was driving with 7.6kg of meth packed in suitcases along with thousands of dollars in casino chips, which were the proceeds of laundered money, in the rear tray of a ute.
The pair were also found with more than $400,000 in cash.
The District Court of Western Australia heard during sentencing on Monday the older brother had been a caretaker for the drugs and money so he could obtain funds to repay about $10,000 in gambling debts, and was caught while moving from a Kewdale house to a hotel.
The younger brother admitted he had collected and delivered the drugs, and held cash for the syndicate since arriving in Perth eight months earlier, taking his instructions from his Hong Kong-based boss over the phone.
Judge Andrew Stavrianou said Yik Chiu Wong was purely motivated by financial gain.
“You were not at the very top of the drug hierarchy, the mastermind behind what was a sophisticated international drug operation involving multiple teams and participants,” he said.
“However, I accept you were towards the top end of the chain of distribution.”
Yik Chiu Wong was handed a jail term of 16 years and six months, and will be eligible for parole after he has served 14 years and six months behind bars.
Yik Chuen Wong was jailed for 13 years and will be eligible for parole after he has served 11 years.