Three Perth men, including the grandson of controversial late former WA police minister and premier Ray O’Connor, have been jailed for more than a decade over a foiled plot to smuggle $159 million worth of meth from Thailand to Australia inside latex pillows. Police pounced on Reece Raymond Neil O’Connor, 33, and his co-accused Joseph Davids, 34, and Darren Fletcher, 36, in December 2021, after Australian Border Force officers at Fremantle Port intercepted 99kg of methamphetamine that had been hidden inside a suspicious consignment of latex bed pillows weighing more than half a tonne. The drugs, which which tests later confirmed had a purity of about 80 per cent, were swapped out with another, harmless substance by police and the shipment was released for collection. Undercover authorities then watched as two men collected the boxes of pillows on December 29, 2021, and transported them to a storage container on an empty property in Maddington. WA’s District Court was told police surveilling the three men had installed a listening device in the container, which picked up one of the men at one stage state “it looks like salt”. When they returned later that night, Fletcher, Davids — an extravagant Perth carpentry business boss, and O’Connor — the grandson of former WA premier Ray O’Connor, were arrested. AFP and ABF officers swooped on the men as they were driving away from the property, resulting in a dramatic collision between police and the trio’s white van. On Friday the trio, who each pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to possess a commercial quantity of drugs, were sentenced to a term of more than 13 years in prison. Their lawyers previously submitted that the men had only begun smuggling in an attempt to reduce the drug debts each of them owed, and that none of them had known they were transporting one of the largest ever meth importations in WA. The West Australian has previously revealed the men had a penchant for the high-life, posting pictures of smoking cigars on European getaways, indulging in oyster beachside lunches, using drugs, and posing next to race cars. Their lawyers had submitted the men were only involved in the drug operation because each of them owed drug debts worth tens of thousands of dollars. They also pressed that each of the men were simply “warehousers” of the drugs, that they had not been aware of the amount involved, and had essentially been “cannon fodder to those above them” in the operation. Judge Lisa Tovey accepted each of the men were remorseful for their actions and had high prospects of rehabilitation with strong family support. O’Connor and Davids were sentenced to 13 years and 6 months in prison, and Fletcher was jailed for 13 years and one month. They were each made eligible for parole. O’Connor’s grandfather, former WA premier Ray O’Connor, attracted controversy over his lifetime as well, having served six months behind bars as part of the WA Inc scandal in 1995. Decades earlier, the late politician was also implicated — along with several other powerful figures — in the gangland-style murder of brothel madam Shirley Finn, who was found with four bullet holes in her head in the front seat of her Dodge Phoenix at the Royal Perth Golf Club at in 1975. It was rumoured Mr O’Connor, who died in 2013, was having an affair with the Ms Finn in the lead-up to her death and there were claims Ms Finn had threatened to expose their affair if he did not help her settle her major tax debt. Following a long-running inquest, Coroner Barry King was unable to determine who pulled the trigger, despite finding the “most compelling theory” was that Ms Finn was killed because she had tried to blackmail police about corruption.