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Dopey Kenton dealer's overpoweringly smelly cannabis package sniffed out by Post Office staff

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Dopey Kenton dealer's overpoweringly smelly cannabis package sniffed out by Post Office staff

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https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/no ... s-22731138

A dopey cannabis supplier was easily sniffed out after trying to post a large amount of the smelly drug to his friend - and putting his mum's address on the package in case it had to be returned.

Post Office staff were in no doubt what the package contained due to the pungent smell emanating from it.

Police were contacted and as well as having his image on CCTV, the return address he'd put on it was his mum's home.

There were 757g, or 27 ounces, of cannabis, in it and police went on to find another 812g of it at his home and also at his mum's.

Mann, who claimed the bulk of it was for personal use, visited the Post Office in South Gosforth, Newcastle, on January 6 2020.

Neil Pallister, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: "Police got a phone call from staff saying a man had delivered a suspicious package for posting and it smelled of cannabis.

"Police attended and it was quite clear the package left by the defendant contained two large bags of cannabis."

The drugs at the post office were worth up to £5,940.

When police went to his home they found £5,120 in cash and 190g of cannabis at his home. He had also stored 622g in his mum's loft, without her knowledge.

The total value of the drugs, weighing more than 1.5 kilos, was up to £12,440, the court heard.

Mr Pallister said: "It was far in excess of personal use, even for someone with a heavy cannabis habit."

Mann, 42, of Carsdale Road, Kenton, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis, possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possessing criminal property.

He was sentenced to nine months suspended for 18 months with a six month curfew and 100 hours unpaid work.

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Judge Robert Adams said: "It was an unsophisticated offence. It smelled of cannabis and even had your mother's address on it, making it very easy to track down who the sender was."

The court heard Mann has a previous conviction from 2007 for cultivating cannabis and abstracting electricity, for which he was jailed for for 42 weeks.

Tony Davis, defending, said Mann lives a "solitary existence" and had sought to post half of what he bought to a friend.

He added: "Those at the post office were overcome with the smell of what was in the package."

The court heard Mann is the registered carer for his friend. He also helps his disabled mother and is remorseful.
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