A Cringila mum-of-three was slapped with a fine and an 18 month good behaviour bond for importing 750ml of liquid ecstasy.
Ashleigh Kate Mawson fronted Wollongong Local Court on Thursday where she was due to be sentenced for the Commonwealth charge of importing a border controlled drug with no commercial intent.
She completed the drug-use program MERIT program earlier this year, and her lawyer Tim McKenzie said she had received a "glowing and fair report".
Facts tendered to the court said the 33-year-old woman started taking gamma-Butyrolactone about six months before her arrest in September last year.
She ordered 750ml of the drug for personal use from an online supplier in the Netherlands after it became "cumbersome" for her to source the drug from local suppliers.
She paid $A161 for the drugs using a PayPal account. The package was deemed suspicious by Australian Border Force officials, and upon further examination was found to contain liquid ecstasy.
On September 29, 2020, a package containing an inert substance was delivered to Mawson's home during a police operation.
South East Region Enforcement Squad officers executed a search warrant at Mawson's home later that day.
Mawson was arrested and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station.
During a conversation with investigators, Mawson made full admissions to purchasing the drug from the Netherlands using her PayPal account.
She told them she was not aware it was illegal to import the drug as it could readily be purchased online and delivered to Australia.
Magistrate Claire Girotto said she accepted it had been obtained for personal use, and placed Mawson on an 18-month good behaviour bond. As part of the bond she was required to continue engaging with drug intervention programs. Mawson also received a $500 fine.
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