WELLINGTON: New Zealand Customs wedged three uncertain packages this week, which contained 201 ecstasy pills and 16 grams of cannabis and were sent to the buyer’s address through home delivery. However, the culprit’s lawyer defended the case by using ‘Pizza Delivery Defense’.
The New Zealand Herald reports that Daniel Wayne Fowler, 23, pleads guilty to importing a class B drug on Wednesday.
During the trial, it emerged that Fowler had purchased the drugs online, visiting deep web drug marketplace the Silk Road and paying for them using the crypto currency Bitcoin.
Foster’s lawyer Tudor Clee tried to convince the court that buying drugs on the internet wasn’tCrypto
Bua particularly serious crime. Here’s one of his justifications:
“It’s safer and easier to order the drugs — which is the subject of the charges before the court today — than it is to order a pizza. Choose the delivery location, choose the toppings and place the order”.
That’s not completely true. Ordering drugs on the deep web involves downloading special software, purchasing Bitcoin, encrypting messages and generally having an understanding of how the internet works. You don’t need any of that to buy pizza.
Clee also said that buying drugs on the internet is safer than “walking down the local gang pad.”
That is a fair point, buying drugs on the street is pretty dangerous. Spending your hard-earned Bitcoin on drugs is pretty safe; the most dangerous thing that could happen is being sent a tainted batch of drugs.
The court asked why Foster had ordered over 200 pills. Buying lots of drugs is a sign that he intended to sell them on, which carries a harsher sentence. Clee had an answer for that, too. He said that “it’s not possible to buy five or six pills,” pointing out that seller’s only deal in large batches because that’s the only way they can make a profit.