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Police deliver message to people buying drugs through the post

22 May 2020, 13:42

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/p ... ng-4149160

"it does not take a detective to work out where you live"

Police in Plymouth have delivered a message to drug users - by intercepting their postal deliveries.

On Twitter, Neighbourhood Team Leader Sgt Roger Hocking shared a photo of a Royal Mail bag filled with envelopes.

"If you buy your drugs by mail order, it does not take a detective to work out where you live," read the tweet.

We have contacted the police for more details.

Sharing details of another incident on Twitter, Sgt Hocking also revealed that one of his colleagues had taken down a fleeing biker with well-aimed kick.

In 2017, BBC Newsbeat investigators heard how millions of pounds of drugs were being bought online every day" via the hidden layer of the internet where dealers can sell drugs anonymously.


Royal Mail said it did not knowingly carry any illegal items in its network.

Newsbeat spoke to delivery staff who said they had "definitely handled suspect packages" but there was "nothing they could do".


A number of Christmas and greetings cards containing cannabis were also intercepted at Royal Mail’s office in Swindon, addressed to destinations nationwide, in December 2018, as reported by the Telegraph.

Police were alerted by staff who could smell the Class-B drug through the envelope.

Inspector David Tippets, from South Swindon Police, said the force had identified around 30 similar packages in Swindon over the last six months.

"It's normally cannabis, because it's got such a strong smell, if it's in an envelope and there's an obvious lump it gets easily identified," he said.
Cannabis - what does the law say?

Cannabis is a class B drug meaning it it is illegal to possess.

Anyone found with the drug could be imprisoned for up to five years while supplying it can be punished with a 14-year jail sentence or an unlimited fine.

The penalty depends on the amount of the drug, the person's criminal history and other aggravating or mitigating factors.

Police can also issue a warning or an on-the-spot fine of £90 to someone found with cannabis.

Alternatively, officers could issue a cannabis warning which goes on a person's record but is not revealed by a standard criminal records check.

Cannabis contains different active ingredients and experts say some of them might be therapeutic for certain patients.

THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the part that makes people feel "high", but CBD or cannabidiol is another component found in cannabis that scientists are interested in understanding more about as medical treatments.

CBD-based treatments have shown some promising results for reducing seizures in children with severe epilepsies.

Medical trials of cannabis-based medicines have largely focused on pharmacological preparations, but some parents of children with epilepsy have been buying oils containing CBD and THC.

There is currently little scientific evidence on the safety and effectiveness of these oils as a treatment for epilepsy, although they do contain the same active ingredients.

Some health food shops sell CBD oils as food supplements. These have low levels of active ingredient and are legal to buy in the UK.

It is vital that you talk to your doctor or health professional before making any changes to your epilepsy medication.

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