A Facebook post offering a free trip for someone to fly chocolate into Australia has led to a Belgian woman being jailed in Victoria for drug importation.
Yamina Daoudi, 32, admits importing a commercial quantity of MDMA into Melbourne in 2018, after arranging for a friend and her brother to fly to Australia with Belgian chocolates and French wine.
After moving to Melbourne, Daoudi penned a Facebook post offering free flights and accommodation for someone who could bring her chocolate.
It was "not a joke" and neither was the maximum four-year jail sentence handed down by County Court Judge John Smallwood on Friday.
Daoudi had told a friend back home she was fond of Belgian chocolate but nearly out, so she offered to pay for the woman's trip to Australia and told her she could bring someone.
She gave her friend a list of chocolate brands and also said she wanted six bottles of expensive French wine not available in Australia.
Daoudi's friend and her brother arrived six days apart in March last year, each with three wines.
The woman gave Daoudi and her co-offender, Antonin Azar, the wine and chocolate outside a CBD hotel in the dead of night.
"Two o'clock in the morning ... it's a pretty strange time to be picking up chocolates," Judge Smallwood noted.
But the plan came undone when the woman's brother was busted by airport security days later with 705g of MDMA inside bottles labelled 'Saint Romain'.
Judge Smallwood acknowledged Daoudi did not organise the importation but facilitated it under the influence of Azar while they were lovers.
He was part of a European syndicate that imported drugs into Australia, mostly through the post.
While the judge said Daoudi was vulnerable and to some extent exploited by Azar, she "clearly must have been very aware that what was being done, whatever it was, was being done unlawfully".
Before being caught, Daoudi referred to the bottles as "jewels".
"I don't accept that your level of involvement was that of someone totally naive and innocent," the judge said.
"You told lies, you told them deliberately. You were obviously working in concert, through obviously to a much lesser degree, with Mr Azar."
While awaiting sentence in custody, Daoudi enrolled in a criminal justice university subject and achieved a high distinction.
"You are far from being an unintelligent woman and it's hard to accept the level of naivety that your counsel urged upon me," Judge Smallwood said.
Daoudi must serve at least two years and three months of her sentence before being eligible for release on parole, after which she is set to be deported.
Azar was previously jailed for seven years over his role in the importation.