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Two young British men have been thrown into jail in Australia after being busted for selling drugs in an undercover sting.
The 25-year-olds were arrested after selling almost 1kg of MDMA and ketamine to undercover police – worth $1.5 million (£850,000).
Samuel Edward Shenstone and Louis Joshua Smith will now spend years behind bars after being found guilty of offences under strict Aussie laws relating to trafficking commercial quantities of controlled drugs.
Shenstone has been sentenced to four years and nine months for selling MDMA and ketamine – but will be eligible for parole after two years and six months.
While Smith has been sentenced to three years and eight months in jail with parole possible after two years of this own MDMA and Ketamine supplying confession.
The duo were busted after drawing the attention of New South Wales Police in September 2019.
The Mail Online reports that Shinbone was caught by cops after walking into his residence in Sydney on December 3, 2019, holding a shopping bag containing 378.9g of MDMA.
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He unwittingly met with an undercover police – who had already collected hundreds of phone call recordings, online messages and CCTV interactions between Shenstone and his associates.
He sold 787.78g of MDMA and 75.73g of ketamine to undercover police in the months leading up to his arrest – and later confessed to intending to supply a further 7.13g of MDMA and 20.8g of Ketamine.
Meanwhile, Smith had sold him 363.21g of MDMA and had agreed to supply a further 3.23g of MDMA and 14g of Ketamine before being confronted by police himself.
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Both men admitted their crimes and pleaded guilty while appearing via video link at Fronting Downing Centre District Court on Friday, December 18.
Shenstone had originally arrived in Australia to see his father before falling into the party circuit and into his life of crime.
While Smith is said to have turned to selling drugs in order to pay back drug debts.
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