Man told to pay £1.5k for cannabis in post

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A Red Lodge man who tried to send illegal drugs through the post was caught out when a post office worker smelt cannabis coming from the parcel.

Paul Pinner’s plans were scuppered in May last year when a member of staff at Red Lodge post office noticed the smell of cannabis coming from a parcel.

Police were alerted and found the package contained not only cannabis but also a quantity of amphetamines.

Pinner, 42, of Ash Court, Red Lodge, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court in July where he was ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid community work after pleading guilty to two offences of attempting to supply a controlled drug and one of possession of cannabis.

On Friday, November 29, he returned to the same court for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing to recoup as much as possible of what he gained from his offending.

The court heard specialist financial investigators had established Pinner’s benefit from offending amounted to £10,000, but his available assets were worth just £1,500.

Mr Recorder Peter Wallis ordered Pinner to hand over his remaining £1,500 within the next three months or face 30 days imprisonment.

When Pinner, a father of four, was sentenced in July, Rory Keene, defending, told the court he regularly sent legitimate parcels through Red Lodge post office and the attempt to send drugs had been an isolated incident and involved only a “modest” amount.

Mr Keene said the drugs had been destined for a friend of Pinner.




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