Drug trafficking grandpa’s enormous interstate drug run
Kenneth Peter Wiggett, 63, appeared in Wodonga County Court today, pleading guilty to trafficking a large commercial quantity of a drug of dependence.
Court documents reveal officers searched Mr Wiggett's Toyota Prado where they located a camouflage sports bag upside down on the floor behind the passenger seat.
When police opened the bag they found 20 vacuum sealed bags of MDMA.
When questioned by police, Mr Wiggett said he didn't know what was in the bag but he believed it contained opals to be tumbled and washed and had come into possession of the bag the day prior.
Crown Prosecutor Amit Malik said while the quantity of drugs found in Mr Wiggett's possession was very serious but there was no evidence as to the accused's knowledge or role in the supply of drugs, or whether he had received a financial reward.
"I can infer on the circumstances no person, unless they're an absolute idiot, would be taking the risks of putting this amount in their car, especially someone who has been to jail for a trafficking offence, that you'd be in it for any purpose other than a financial reward," he said.
"You'd be a fool if you weren't in it for a financial reward."
A large commercial quantity of MDMA is defined at 1kg, to which Mr Wiggett is accused of carrying more than 20 times the amount.
Judge McInerney said he would make the presumption "beyond reasonable doubt" that Mr Wiggett was in it for the money.
"The fact that I don't know his role doesn't diminish his culpability."
Judge McInerney said he would take this into account along with the accused's medical history which included skin cancer spots and advanced osteo arthritis.