Life in the fast lane is officially over for three Sydney party boys, who were on Friday sentenced to years behind bars for their roles in an international cocaine plot worth $80 million.
Exactly one year to the day since they were arrested in a sophisticated police sting, Matthew James Doyle, Jared Raymond Hart and Raoul Kesby learned they would spend at least a combined 10 years in jail after admitting to their roles in the scheme to import up to 300kg of drugs into Australia.
This year Doyle, 32, his private school friend Hart, 31 and Kesby, 29, all pleaded guilty to supplying 50kg of cocaine, while Doyle also confessed to dealing with more than $500,000 of the proceeds of crime.
A fresh-faced Doyle and Hart, both sporting mid-length hair, and Kesby appeared on screen at the District Court and sat calmly as Judge Hock laid out how Doyle’s trip to Las Vegas sparked a five-month conspiracy that ended with their arrest outside a Marrickville warehouse on September 4, 2019.
Doyle, who she described as the plot’s “principal and major participant”, was sentenced to a non-parole period of five years in prison.
Hart, who the court heard was seeking “easy money” in order to pay off a $60,000 debt to the taxman, was handed a minimum jail term of three years and two months.
Kesby was jailed for a non-parole period of two years and 10 months, his role confined to helping Hart pick up what he believed was drugs on September 4, 2019.
All three were facing life sentences after admitting to charges of supplying more than a commercial quantity of prohibited drugs.
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