THE High Court in Suva sentenced Isikeli Tamani and Amena Araibulu to eight years after convicting them of importation of controlled illicit chemical-related charges last Friday.
Tamani was not given a parole period while Araibulu, who was convicted of one count of aiding and abetting, was given a six years non-parole period.
Tamani's lawyer Isireli Ramanu in his mitigation said Tamani was 50 years old, declared as a quadriplegic who needed 24 hours attention because of the fact that he has no bowel control.
High Court judge Justice Prabaharan Kumararatnam said "the offence committed is very serious and well planned".
"Had this controlled chemical fallen into the wrong hands there would be a calamity in the peaceful Fiji society."
The court heard that on January 6, 2010, the police and Customs supplied a package containing 2.680kilograms of pseudoephedrine hydrochloride to Carpenters Shipping in Suva.
This was after they discovered the package contained illicit chemicals.
Under its supervision, the police were able to arrest Tamani and Araibulu the same day. The pair had tried to clear the consignment from the Carpenters Shipping office.
Tamani pretended to be Jack Wilson, the name that the package was addressed to, and Araibulu, fully aware that Tamani was not Jack Wilson, had tried to bribe two Customs officers to release the package to Tamani.
Justice Kumararatnam said the offence was committed with a high degree of planning and sophistication.
He said the aggravating factors he considered was that the first accused, Tamani, being the principal offender, committed the offence despite his medical condition as being confined to a wheelchair.