A former site supervisor for the Royal Adelaide Hospital construction project has been jailed for more than five years for trafficking drugs through Australia Post.
- Halid Hadziefendic trafficked more than 30 kilograms of drugs through Australia Post
- He pleaded guilty to three charges of trafficking and one of drug possession
- He was sentenced to more than five years in jail, with a non-parole period of more than two years
Halid Hadziefendic, 48, pleaded guilty in the SA District Court to drug trafficking and unlawful possession.
Judge Rauf Soulio said Hadziefendic’s role in the drug-trafficking syndicate was packing and posting about 30 kilograms of cannabis through Australia Post outlets and receiving payments.
Judge Soulio said he became involved after he was contacted by a family friend, who was involved in dealing cannabis, and he “felt obliged” to assist.
“You said that you did not really want to become involved because you were working and earning good money,” Judge Soulio said.
“You said you anticipated that you may be caught in the offending.
“You also involved your family and on occasion friends to assist in your offending.”
Hadziefendic posted nine packages in early 2017 to New South Wales containing vegetable matter consistent with cannabis at the Plympton and Mansfield Park Australia Post offices.
Police later found more than $15,000 in cash — including $12,000 in a pantry — at Hadziefendic’s house which matched the serial numbers of cash that police had intercepted in the post.
Officers also seized more than seven kilograms of cannabis at his home.