A Karratha man linked to the Mongrel Mob motorcycle gang who tried to bring close to half a kilogram of methylamphetamine into the Pilbara town has been jailed for more than six years. Michael Hirini, 22, appeared before Karratha District Court last Monday where he was sentenced for attempting to bring 499g of methylamphetamine into Karratha in 2018. Cousins Staum and Vaughn Selwyn were also charged with attempted trafficking of meth and jailed for eight and 71/2 years respectively on February 18. A fourth man, Rangitukehu Noble, was found not guilty of aiding the attempt after a judge ruled in favour of a no-case submission by his lawyer. Hirini pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a traffickable quantity of meth in 2019. The 22-year-old also pleaded guilty to 17 counts of offering to sell or supply meth, cannabis and MDMA between July 18 and October 19 and two counts of possessing MDMA and cannabis. The court heard police stopped a Ford Ranger on October 19, 2018 — owned by Mr Noble— driven by Vaughn Selwyn, with Michael Hirini as a passenger, on North West Coastal Highway 55km south of Karratha. The prosecution told the court the meth was found in two vacuum-sealed bags concealed in a light green swag in the ute’s tray during the vehicle stop. State prosecutor Gary Huggins said Karratha detectives intercepted communications on Hirini’s phone as part of an operation investigating the activities of the Mongrel Mob, particularly in relation to the drug distribution in the Pilbara. “Over the course of that interception, the offender used his mobile phone to communicate with a range of people in the Pilbara region in order to distribute the prohibited drugs cannabis, MDMA and methylamphetamine to customers within the Karratha community,” he said. Mr Huggins said Hirini was actively engaged in the prolific sale and supply of dangerous drugs of addiction into Karratha. Hirini’s lawyer Helen Prince said Hirini was targetted by the Mongrel Mob at a time when he was suicidal after his father was diagnosed with cancer and left his family. “He became vulnerable and he saw them as his family,” she said. Ms Prince said Hirini was no longer involved with the Mongrel Mob and realised when he was arrested the gang would “throw him under the bus”. Judge Bruce Goetze sentenced Hirini for six years and three months backdated to October 19, 2018, and declared Hirini a drug trafficker. “You’re what’s called a prospect to join that gang. So selling drugs was your contribution to becoming a gang member because you were lost in life and you desired some form of family connection,” he said. “But since you’ve been in prison, you’ve learnt to detach yourself from that gang. “You felt belonged and you developed a pro-criminal propensity.” Judge Goetze said he recognised the efforts Hirini had made towards rehabilitation and he would be eligible for parole after four years and three months.