A MAN who took to betting on horse racing and gambling in Macau when he had no job and no money was sent to prison for nine years yesterday for trafficking in dangerous drugs. Deputy Judge Daniell, sentencing Tse Sik-lok, 20, in the High Court, said it was an extremely serious offence and if Tse had been convicted after trial, the starting point would have been 13 years' jail. He accepted that Tse had given information to the police and that he was young and had a clear record. However, he imposed a substantial sentence otherwise drug traffickers would use people such as Tse to assist them, he said. Tse had admitted to two counts of trafficking in dangerous drugs. Senior Crown Counsel Josiah Lee said that Tse was stopped by police in Lok Fu on the morning of December 11, last year. He was found to have a total of 339 grams of a mixture containing 151 grams of salts of esters of morphine in his pocket. Police later also raided a Tai Kok Tsui flat rented by Tse where they seized another 17 packets of a similar drug weighing 461 grams of which 183 grams were narcotics. Defence counsel John Marray, in mitigation, said Tse was only 19 at the time of the offences and had got into bad company. Because of his gambling, he ended up borrowing $5,000 from a loanshark. When he could not pay the money back, the loanshark suggested he carry drugs for him. Even now the loanshark was troubling his family for money, he said.