Two brothers who ran a ‘cannabis by post’ business have escaped a jail term.
Police caught the pair after Post Office staff became suspicious about four parcels in November last year.
Ipswich Crown Court heard on Wednesday that Alex Mould and James Alexander both of Red Lodge, had been using their mother’s franking machine to send out consignments of the drug.
Prosecuting, Michael Crimp said police officers were able to trace the packages, containing foil-wrapped cannabis, using the post marks which were registered to an address in Red Lodge.
A franking machine, stamped envelopes and mobile phones which revealed details of the brothers’ deals were seized.
Mould, 22, of Tayberry Close, and Alexander, 30, of Peppermint Walk, were arrested and it emerged that payments for the cannabis had been collected through Mould’s PayPal account.
Mr Crimp said packages containing the drug ranging in price from £60 to £220 had been sent between June 2013 and the time the men were arrested. When interviewed, Mould refused to answer questions but Alexander, who the court heard may have been adversely affected by his military service in Afghanistan, admitted what they had done. They both admitted conspiracy to supply cannabis.
He told police the operation had not made a profit as any money gained was used to finance his own cannabis use, said Mr Crimp.
He said he had grown the drug himself and initially tried selling cannabis on the street but when he found it too dangerous he switched to supplying only friends and associates.
Mitigating, Declan Gallagher claimed the £3,500 in cash, and the franking machine, found by police, had belonged to the brother’s mother who ran a legitimate on-line business selling jewellery.
Mould and Alexander were each sentenced to eight months’ jail suspended for two years and made the subject of a 12 month supervision order. Mould was also ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid community work.