Drug activity like a ‘mail order business’

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A man’s drug activities were compared to a “mail order business” when a cannabis consignment was traced from Scotland back to his Ilkeston home.

When police searched the premises, they found cannabis worth up to £1,150 and a quantity of other drugs, Derby Crown Court heardon Tuesday January21.

A 12-month prison term, suspended for two years, was imposed on John Burke, 40, of Watson Road, Ilkeston. He admitted three counts of unlawful possession of drugs.

Recorder Paul Bleasdale QC said: “The suggestion is he runs a mail order business.”

Faye Mellor, prosecuting, said a Scottish post office found a package of cannabis which had come from Burke in February last year. As a result of that, a Scottish court ordered him to carry out 100 hours community work.

Derbyshire police then searched his home and found drugs, digital scales, “dealer bags” and £1,000. He also had £390 on him.

Stuart Muldoon, mitigating, handed in a letter from Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust which said tests showed Burke had stopped taking cannabis.

Burke had already been punished for the drugs posted to Scotland, completing the community work in three months, said Mr Muldoon.

He accepted that Burke had previous convictions relating to the supply of drugs but added: “These convictions are some considerable time ago.”

The recorder told Burke: “You have quite frankly a poor record which has on it a lot of offences relating to the supply of drugs.”

But he had remained out of trouble for years until this last batch of offences. The recorder added: “I see no benefit to the public in sending you back to prison immediately.”