Personal stash of cocaine, cannabis, Ecstasy earns 40 months, while jobless trafficker gets 14 years for trying to smuggle Ice to Australia The chef of an Italian restaurant in the Gold Coast in Tuen Mun has been jailed for three years and four months for possessing dangerous drugs for his own consumption. Justice Pang Kin-kee of the Court of First Instance yesterday sentenced Stefano De Palma, a 33-year-old Italian, after he was convicted of two counts of possessing cocaine, cannabis and Ecstasy. He said in sentencing that De Palma was helpful in assisting police after his arrest. De Palma, who is also a shareholder of the Italian restaurant Bella Vista, had pleaded guilty to two counts of drug possession. He told police in an interview shortly after his arrest in March last year that he sniffed cocaine. He said the drugs found by police in his home were for his own consumption. He admitted he had paid $12,000 for the cocaine and $8,000 for the Ecstasy. According to the prosecution, a team of police from the Narcotics Bureau raided De Palma's Gold Coast home one late afternoon in March last year to conduct a search for dangerous drugs. During the search, De Palma told police officers that 0.63 gram of cocaine and 19.43 grams of cannabis, all stored in separate transparent plastic bags, were hidden on the top of the bookcase in the living and dining room. De Palma also told police he kept 44.11 grams of cocaine and 39.95 grams of Ecstasy inside a black nylon bag in his bedroom's wardrobe. The drugs, with a combined retail value of $40,000, were stored in various plastic bags. Separately, an unemployed man was sentenced yesterday at the High Court to prison for 14 years for attempting to smuggle the dangerous drug Ice to Sydney, Australia, for a payment of $45,000. The estimated retail value of the drug seized by police was $479,520. Deputy High Court Judge Judianna Wai-Ling Barnes jailed Fu Ka-wong, 27, after he was convicted of one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. Fu had pleaded guilty to the charge. He told police on his arrest that he was drawn by the $45,000 payment for smuggling the drug because he was unemployed and short of money. Fu was intercepted by police one evening last December in the men's toilet at the departure hall of Hong Kong International Airport. He had been about to board a flight bound for Sydney. After a search by police officers, Fu was found to have in his possession 1.41kg of Ice. The drugs were stored in eight plastic packets that were bound to both of his legs and his waist with white adhesive tape. He confessed to police in an interview shortly after his arrest that he was recruited by a friend to smuggle the banned drugs from Hong Kong to Australia. He also said in the interview that he had been paid $7,000 by his friend, whom he named, to buy the air ticket and to make a hotel reservation.