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Cocaine courier wanted some quick cash

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A man sentenced to 10 years' jail for smuggling more than four kilograms of cocaine into Australia told police he had been lured into acting as a drug mule, a court has heard.

Neil Mark Robinson, 26, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Monday to one count of importing a commercial quantity of cocaine.

The court was told he was intercepted at the Gold Coast airport on February 11 last year after flying from Auckland with his girlfriend.

When he was selected for a random baggage search, he immediately confessed to concealing nearly four kilograms of the drugs in the lining of his three suitcases.

The cocaine was between 74 and 82 per cent pure, and had a street value well in excess of $1.8 million.

The court was told Robinson was arrested and interviewed by Australian Federal Police officers.

He told them he was lured into becoming a drug mule for associates in NZ by the promise of $100,000 cash.

"To be honest, I did it for the money. A quick $100,000 would be more than a year's work for me," the self-employed concreter from Victoria told police.

The court was told Robinson had started using drugs when he moved to Melbourne for work and had made extensive efforts at rehabilitation since his arrest.

He was sentenced to 10 years' jail with a non-parole period of four-and-a-half years.

Robinson has already served 339 days in pre-sentence custody.

AAP

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