A Midland man attempted to smuggle £700 worth of cannabis into this country from Canada by hiding the drugs in a parcel of TOYS.
Plasterer Jake Brown had bought the 727 grams of marijuana on the ‘dark web’, Warwick Crown Court was told.
The 33-year-old dad, from Leamington Spa, admitted evading the prohibition on the importation of cannabis and possessing a quantity of the drug.
He was sentenced to ten months in prison, suspended for two years, ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work and comply with a 7pm to 6am curfew for three months.
Prosecutor Alexandra Kettle-Williams said in September last year customs officers intercepted a parcel from Canada which was said to contain a toy set.
But as well as the toy set, the parcel, addressed to Brown, contained 727 grams of herbal cannabis.
When arrested, Brown was found to have 50 grams of cannabis, which he admitted possessing for his own use.
Jake Brown (Image: Paul Beard)
Tom Schofield, defending, said: “He seems to have had a significant cannabis abuse habit, but he has voluntarily referred himself to the Recovery Partnership and has been clear of cannabis now for four months.”
Judge Stephen Eyre QC told Brown: “I have to sentence you for the importation of cannabis you obtained using the dark web. You used it yourself and you sold it to your friends.
“There must have been a significant degree of sale to your friends, because scales and dealer bags were found, and the supply of cheap cannabis was therefore increased.
“This offence involves deliberate defiance of the law, and this is at the upper end of significant role.
“But you have previous convictions only for driving with excess alcohol and associated matters,