Australian drug kingpin sentenced to prison over scheme

Australian drug kingpin sentenced to prison over scheme


An Australian drug kingpin was sentenced to prison for importing massive amounts of illegal substances in order to fund his $7,000-a-day cocaine habit.

Dov Tenenboim, 36, of Sydney was ordered to more than 16 years behind bars Monday for a drug operation that allegedly brought in cocaine, ecstasy and other drugs into the country from Europe, News.com.au reported.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Ian McClintock said that Tenenboim was the “principal and operator” of the operation and that his motivation was “clearly personal gain and drug consumption,” the outlet reported.

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“He made attempts to abstain but could not quit [using cocaine] for more than one day,” McClintock said. “At the time of his arrest, he was using six to seven grams a day, which he said had a street value of $6,000 to $7,000.”

McClintock said that Tenenboim originally began importing drugs into the country from Europe as a way of “effectively obtaining drugs without cost.”

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