A former Bachelorette star has avoided prison after he was caught driving a van carrying almost 150kg of cannabis to Queensland.
Samuel Colin Minkin fronted Sydney‘s Downing Centre District Court on Monday after pleading guilty to one charge of possessing a prohibited drug and taking part in supplying a prohibited drug, namely cannabis, larger than a commercial quantity.
Judge Warwick Hunt told the court Minkin, 30, was found with an encrypted device which had the platform An0m, which criminals used to communicate.
The court was told Minkin was provided with the An0m device on May 26, 2021, which he used to communicate with another man, who asked him to pick him up from a property in Sunshine, Victoria by 8am the following day.
On the drive back, the van broke down on the Hume Highway and Minkin was told to get it towed to an address in Minto, in Sydney’s southwest.