A DOPEY drug dealer was nabbed when he posted cannabis to a pal — and wrote a return to sender address on the envelope.
Daniel Mann dropped off the package at a Post Office but there was such a pungent smell coming from it that staff immediately alerted police.
They discovered 27oz of cannabis, worth nearly £6,000, inside — and Mann’s mother’s address on the envelope.
When they raided the house they found another 28oz of cannabis
Sentencing him, Judge Robert Adams said: “It was an unsophisticated offence.
“It smelled of cannabis and even had your mother’s address on it, making it very easy to track down who the sender was.”
Prosecutor Neil Pallister told Newcastle crown court earlier this week: “Police got a phone call from staff saying a man had delivered a suspicious package for posting and it smelled of cannabis.
“Police attended and it was quite clear the package left by the defendant contained two large bags of cannabis.”
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The total value of the drugs which were found last January at South Gosforth Post Office and at his mum’s house was £12,440.
Mr Pallister said: “It was far in excess of personal use, even for someone with a heavy cannabis habit.” Police also found £5,120 in cash.
Mann, 42, lof Newcastle, admitted supplying cannabis.
He was sentenced to nine months in jail, suspended for 18 months, with a six-month curfew and 100 hours of unpaid work.
Tony Davis, defending, said that Mann lived a solitary existence and had been trying to send the cannabis to a friend.
He added: “Those at the post office were overcome with the smell of what was in the package.”
The court heard Mann is the registered carer for his friend.
He also helps his disabled mother and was said to be remorseful.