UK: Quedgeley man caught trying to import half kilo of cannabis from States

A 24 year old Gloucester man who tried to import almost half a kilo of cannabis from America has been sentenced to a nine month suspended prison term and ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work.

Gloucester Crown Court was told yesterday (Sept 16) that Logan Thomas of Fieldcourt Gardens, Quedgeley ordered the cannabis to be sent to his home address but the package was intercepted by the Border Force Agency on September 1, 2019.

Prosecutor Giles Nelson said: “Because the package was sent to his home address shows that it was a rather naive venture. The cannabis is valued at around £5,000 in street level dealing.

“Following the tip-off police officers attended Thomas’ home in Quedgeley and arrested him and while he was being transported to the police station he effectively admitted his actions by stating that he had ordered the goods on behalf of somebody else. But when he was formally interviewed Thomas made no comment.

“A subsequent search of his home police seized a phone, £650 in cash, a zip lock bag containing cannabis along with a number of other bags containing the controlled drug of class B, along with other drug paraphernalia.

“An analysis of Thomas’ phone revealed that most of his drug dealing was done on Snapchat.”

Matthew Harbinson, defending, said: “Thomas wasn’t aware until these proceedings began the level of seriousness and criminality he faced was far beyond what he had realised.

“The sale of cannabis began when he sold to a very small group of friends which expanded to include friends of his friends. He used his everyday phone to conduct his drug dealing, but the conversational nature of his messages shows his naivety.

“Since his arrest he has significant reduced his consumption of cannabis and has been terrified about the outcome of these proceedings for a long time.

“He has found employment in information technology firm and the author of the pre-sentence report described Thomas a being a ‘really nice lad’.

“Thomas has already done as much rehabilitation work as he can since his arrest. I believe he can easily be monitored in the community as the gravity of his offending has not been lost on him.

“He has seen the light and realises that he has been stupid and now has a completely different outlook on life.”

Thomas pleaded guilty to being concerned with the importation of 468 grams of cannabis with intent to avoid prohibition on October 1, 2019; supplying cannabis to others between March and November 2019 and being in possession of a class B drug, cannabis.

The judge, Recorder David Chidgey told Thomas: “You have a good many things going on in your life and it’s a shame you are before this court today. However I have to punish you for the three drug offences.

“Your bank account showed significant deposits being made during the nine month period.

“I have taken into account that sending you to prison would have a disastrous effect on your life as you would lose your job and your accommodation.

“You have motivated yourself to reduce your cannabis use and I believe there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation I feel I can suspend the sentence.”

The Recorder sentenced Thomas to a nine month custodial term, suspended for 12 months and ordered him to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and pay court costs of £300.

The judge ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs, his phone and all the drug paraphernalia and the forfeiture of the £650 cash.

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