A man from Gloucester tried to import almost half a kilogram of cannabis from America.
Logan Thomas ordered the drug to be sent to his home in Fieldcourt Gardens, Quedgeley, but the package was intercepted by the Border Force Agency on September 1, 2019, Gloucester Crown Court learned yesterday (September 16).
Prosecutor Giles Nelson said: “Because the package was sent to his home, it shows that this was a pretty naïve business. Cannabis is valued at around £ 5,000 in the street level trade.
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“After the denunciation, police officers went to Thomas’ home in Quedgeley and arrested him and while he was transported to the police station, he effectively admitted his actions by stating that he had ordered the goods on behalf of from someone else. But when officially interviewed, Thomas made no comment.
‘On a subsequent search of his home, police seized a phone, £ 650 in cash, a zippered bag containing cannabis as well as a number of other bags containing the controlled class B drug, as well as ‘other drug-related accessories.
“Analysis of Thomas’ phone revealed that most of his drug dealing was done on Snapchat.”
Matthew Harbinson, defending, said: “Thomas was not aware until the start of this proceeding, the level of seriousness and criminality he was facing was far beyond what he had realized.
“The sale of cannabis started when he sold to a very small group of friends which expanded to include friends of his friends. He used his everyday phone to carry out his drug trade, but the conversational nature of his messages shows his naivety.
“Since his arrest, he has significantly reduced his cannabis use and has been terrified for a long time by the outcome of this procedure.
“He got a job at an information technology company and the author of the PSR described Thomas as a ‘really nice boy’.
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“Thomas has already done as much rehabilitation work as he could since his arrest. I believe he can easily be watched in the community as the seriousness of his offense has not been lost on him.
“He saw the light and realizes that he was stupid and now has a completely different outlook on life.”
Thomas, 24, pleaded guilty to importing 468 grams of cannabis with the intention of avoiding the ban on October 1, 2019; supplying cannabis to others between March and November 2019 and being in possession of a class B drug, cannabis.
Judge Recorder David Chidgey told Thomas: “There’s a lot going on in your life and it’s a shame you’re in this court today. However, I must punish you for the three drug offenses.
“Your bank account showed that large deposits were made during the nine month period.
“I took into account that sending you to prison would have a disastrous effect on your life because you would lose your job and your home.
“You have motivated yourself to reduce your cannabis use and I think there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation, I think I can stay the sentence.”
The Recorder sentenced Thomas to a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and ordered him to perform 150 hours of unpaid work and pay court costs of £ 300.
The judge ordered the confiscation and destruction of the drugs, his phone and all drug paraphernalia and the confiscation of the £ 650 in cash.
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