An Australian drug kingpin was sentenced to prison for importing massive amounts of illegal substances in order to fund his $7,000-a-day cocaine habit.
Dov Tenenboim, 36, of Sydney was ordered to more than 16 years behind bars Monday for a drug operation that allegedly brought in cocaine, ecstasy and other drugs into the country from Europe, News.com.au reported.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Ian McClintock said that Tenenboim was the “principal and operator” of the operation and that his motivation was “clearly personal gain and drug consumption,” the outlet reported.
“He made attempts to abstain but could not quit [using cocaine] for more than one day,” McClintock said. “At the time of his arrest, he was using six to seven grams a day, which he said had a street value of $6,000 to $7,000.”
McClintock said that Tenenboim originally began importing drugs into the country from Europe as a way of “effectively obtaining drugs without cost.”
“He thought, ‘why buy out of my own pocket?’ He said it didn’t seem like drug dealing to him because the activity mainly involved computer transactions,” McClintock said.
Though it’s unclear how much drugs Tenenboim imported over his career, police intercepted four pounds of cocaine, 17 ounces of MDMA and around two pounds of ketamine, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
“These amounts were several times the commercial quantity,” McClintock said, though he added, “no doubt the offender [imported] … significantly more.”
Police also discovered ecstasy tablets, liquid ecstasy and cocaine during a raid on one of his alleged associate’s apartments — although Tenenboim denied that he had anything to do with the stash, claiming that the man had set up a rival business, the outlets reported.
Tenenboim reportedly pleaded guilty to importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug and trafficking a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.