A Canberra builder has avoided a stint in jail for his part in a "disorganised" drug trafficking operation.
Youssef Jabal, 35, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of being knowingly concerned in the trafficking of a controlled drug, cocaine in this instance.
On Thursday, Jabal received a one year prison sentence which is to be served through an Intensive Correction Order in the community.
In December 2017 Jabal's cousin Bilal Badr-Eddeen Omari drove his Jeep to his workplace at the Australian National University before police raided him.
Jabal received a distressed phone call from Omari's girlfriend alerting him to the raid and that the Jeep held a bag which would incriminate Omari.
She asked Jabal to break the window and retrieve it while Omari held the police up.
Jabal told his younger brother, Adam Jabal, to smash the back window of the Jeep. Police approached the car soon after and found an unattended plastic sandwich bag containing about 32 grams of cocaine, along with a cutting agent, digital scales, and more than $15,000.
Justice Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson determined Jabal had an interest in the drugs, but that it was not proven beyond reasonable doubt that interest was financial.
Jabal posed a low-risk of reoffeding, the court heard, and had taken steps to remove himself from his previous party lifestyle which involved using cocaine.
"Drugs affect our community and the court sees the effect every day," Justice Loukas-Karlsson said.
"Drugs are not the answer.
"The court is giving you the opportunity to prove that you are a better person than you were during that period."