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US man jailed over N-bomb drug bust

AAP logoAAP 28/10/2016

The first person to be caught in Australia with the rare liquid version of the drug known as N-bomb has been jailed for more than a year.

Jordan Oliver Kalke was found with a mouthwash bottle filled with the drug 25i-NBOMe when police pulled him over on the Sturt Highway in South Australia's Riverland in October 2015.

He was charged with commercial drug trafficking and on Friday, the District Court jailed him for a minimum of 14 months.

The 28-year-old was caught after police intercepted his phone calls as part of a broad crackdown on drugs in the Riverland area.

Judge Michael Boylan said N-bomb had hallucinogenic effects similar to LCD and had been linked to several deaths in Australia over the past few years.

"Little is known about this drug," he said. "There is potential for much harm to be done."

A talented American football player from Costa Mesa in California, Kalke moved to Australia in 2014 with his Australian girlfriend.

The pair broke up and Kalke's local football friends introduced him to drugs.

He later began selling drugs to fund his developing habit.

"You have been a stranger in a foreign land without any visits from family," the judge said of Kalke's time in custody.

There was 352ml of N-bomb in the mouthwash bottle and Kalke faced a maximum sentence of life in jail.

But Judge Boylan gave him discounts for his previously unblemished record, his guilty plea and his good behaviour in custody.

Kalke was jailed for three years and six months with a non-parole period of 14 months.

He will be deported to the US upon his release.

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