Magistrate sentences ice pipe pharmacist

A pharmacist is facing suspension after admitting that he illegally imported ice pipes to his WA pharmacy.

The pharmacist, Hoang Nam Nguyen, who runs a chain of smoke shops, has been fined $60,000 and ordered to pay costs of $36,500 in a sentencing hearing at Perth Magistrates Court.

The court heard the glass pipes were imported for about 73 cents each but are apparently worth $60 to $120.

Nguyen tried to avoid being caught by having the pipes sent to his pharmacy and asking suppliers to put flowers in the packages.


But customs officers still intercepted the