A bumbling professional fighter facing life in jail for importing methamphetamine was caught after a series of rookie errors.
Jacob Heun, 33, was nicknamed ‘The Honey Bear’ as a professional fighter in mixed martial arts when he was busted importing 801 grams of the deadly drug ice.
The American-born fighter had been earning $100,000 a year cracking skulls in the UFC Octagon and dating Danae Barwick – the daughter of former Collingwood AFL premiership hero Doug Barwick – when he flushed his life down the toilet.
‘Bad at life, good at fighting,’ had been Heun’s credo when Federal Police pounced on him in September last year.
Jacob Heun, 33, nicknamed ‘The Honey Bear’, was allegedly mailing drugs to Danae Barwick (right) – the daughter of AFL great Doug Barwick, a court has heard
Jake Heun (left) trades punches with Smealinho Rama (right) during their World Series of Fighting bout at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 31, 2016 in New York City
Doug Barwick played 147 VFL/AFL matches, including Collingwood’s drought-breaking 1990 premiership victory
A package of meth labelled ‘bath gel and cologne’ had busted open in transit from France and alerted Border Force officers.
The package had been addressed to Heun’s old apartment and he was quickly found lurking about the area.
A search of his phone revealed a treasure trove of illegal activity, including alleged drug trafficking with Ms Barwick, the court was told.
She has not been charged with any offences in Victoria.
Heun claimed he was simply paid $1,000 to pick up the package, which in another blunder weighed a little over a statutory amount that would have placed the offence into a less serious category.
Heun on Thursday pleaded guilty to the importation of a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug and a second charge of trafficking cocaine.
Jake Heun (pictured) was a great fighter, but not so good at drug dealing and was caught by police
Jake Heun and Danae Barwick in happier times. He is now behind bars facing life in jail
The County Court of Victoria heard police were only able to pin the trafficking charge on Heun due to his use of a mobile phone, which was registered to his glamorous girlfriend, who had moved to Sydney.
Images found on his phone showed another parcel containing cocaine, which the musclebound crook had attempted to send to Ms Barwick through the post, the court heard.
‘Initial examination of the WhatsApp messaging application on Mr Heun’s phone revealed a series of communications between (him) and Danae Barwick, which were likewise indicative of drug trafficking,’ court documents stated.
‘Jail is not part of my 2021 plan,’ Ms Barwick told Heun at the time, court documents showed.
Danae Barwick (second from left) and her dad Doug Barwick. Doug was a champion footballer in his day and played in a Magpies premiership team in 1990
‘Haha mine either. Is there a couple’s jail?’ Heun responded, the court was told.
Police believe Heun mailed out between 35 and 40 grams of cocaine from September 11 to 17 last year.
Other text messages showed Huen had been supplying Melbourne bartenders with cocaine to sell at clubs before Covid-19 hit.
On Thursday, the court heard Heun had blamed the pandemic for his doomed foray into drug dealing – despite evidence he had been in the drug trade for years.
Heun’s barrister, Zarah Garde-Wilson, told Judge Michael Tinney Ms Barwick had hoped to marry Heun and still supported him despite his possible life term in prison.
Heun’s barrister told Judge Michael Tinney Ms Barwick (pictured) had hoped to marry Heun and still supported him despite his possible life term in prison
Jacob Heun has a 15-9 pro MMA record and once featured in television’s Ultimate Fighter
Ms Garde-Wilson said Heun had been downing a bottle of whiskey a night and snorting up to two grams a day when they met in 2016.
She attempted to convince Judge Tinney her client faced further punishment on release from jail due to deportation, despite evidence he hated Australia and everyone in it.
Judge Tinney said it was a submission he found hard to believe.
‘In August 2020 he says ‘f**k Australia mate, I’m f**king done with this place it’s f**king trash, I f**king hate it’,’ Judge Tinney said.
‘I mean, he doesn’t have an expectation of having a settlement in this country, does he?’
Heun, who has already spent more than a year behind bars, will be sentenced next week.
Jake Heun claimed Covid-19 drove him to deal drugs, but evidence suggests he’s been at it for quite some time