An Australian man by the name of Mark Stephen Shaw pled guilty last month to the illicit possession of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, and attempting to import a controlled substance. Law enforcement intercepted a package through a Greenfields mail center on November 28th of last year that carried 14 grams of cannabis.
The intercepted package included Shaw’s name and home address. Police reached out to the local Mandurah Magistrates Court and obtained a search warrant the same day. Officials raided the man’s home and seized a set of scales, three bongs, four grams of cannabis lead and three grams of “cannabis-infused wax.” Shaw told officials he purchased the drugs via the darknet and was expecting another package, that of which arrived on December 5th and contained 28 grams of cannabis.
Surprisingly, Magistrate Ann Longden only ordered Shaw to pay an $800 fine plus court fees. The man is also facing charges of ecstasy possession in Perth, the largest city in Western Australia. A new international Darknet Market investigation task force named Operation Hyperion is believed to be behind many of the recent Australian arrests.