A CHANCE to make $2,000 on a drug drop has earned a businessman 10 years in prison. Mr Justice Ryan, in the High Court, said Hui Man-kwong, 34, knew the dangers of being lured into the drug trade and must pay the full penalty for his actions. 'He was no more than a courier, but it is well known, and must have been well known to him, that if he got involved in the drug trade serious penalties will follow,' Mr Justice Ryan said. 'The tariff is meant to deter people and there is nothing in this case to lead me to believe I should not follow the tariff.' The penalty for trafficking in the designer drug 'ice' is 10 to 14 years. The judge sentenced Hui, who denied the charges, to 10 years for trafficking and six months for possession, to be served concurrently. 'It is a sad day when a man who left school at 14 and builds himself up, finds himself in a situation like this,' said Stuart Mason-Parker, defending. 'If one accepts he was going to get $2,000, then 34 years of one's life for $2,000 is a very sad situation. 'Whatever his reasons - debt or whatever - it was certainly not greed.' Lily Ho, for the Crown, said that on July 26 last year, Hui was stopped by police at the Sheung Wan MTR carrying a bag with 700 grams of ice with a street value of $74,000. Hui claimed he was only a courier.