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Cannabis worth almost £2,500 mailed to Douglas man

Twenty-two-year-old says he didn't know what was in the package

A court’s heard a Douglas man didn’t know there was cannabis worth around £2,500 in a parcel he’d been asked to look after for a friend.

 

Twenty-two-year-old Connor James Perry of Belmont Terrace appeared before High Bailiff Jayne Hughes at Douglas courthouse.

 

He pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to possess the class B drug with intent to supply it, while a charge of producing cannabis to the Isle of Man was withdrawn.

 

Prosecution advocate Barry Swain said Post Office staff called police on 30 August after smelling a powerful odour of cannabis coming from a package addressed to a man at Perry’s block of flats.

 

When the parcel was opened, officers discovered almost 125 grammes of cannabis bush worth £2,494, but couldn’t find anybody of that name at the address.

 

However, when Perry rang the Post Office to ask about the package, police traced his mobile phone number and arrested him on 6 September.

 

His advocate Kate Alexander told the hearing Perry had been told the parcel was a birthday present for a friend and had agreed to look after it and pass it on after it had arrived, but didn’t know there were drugs inside.

 

Mrs Hughes bailed him to appear again for sentencing on 7 January.

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