Cheltenham Man Sentenced For Pot Seized In The Mail

A resident of Brunswick Street in Cheltenham plead guilty to attempting to possess 450 grams of cannabis on January 29th 2015.

Benjamin White, was charged with attempting to possess an illegal substance by post. Judge, Recorder James Townsend sentenced him to 60 hours of unpaid work and £100 fine. The Judge came to this punishment after hearing that White was working, numerous people vouched for his character, and that White had admitted it was for personal use only.

The prosecutor in this case, Janine Wood had said the staff at the Coventry hub of the UK Border Force discovered it when it passed through.

“It was found to be a package containing herbal cannabis which was vacuum packed. An officer from Gloucestershire police attended and retrieved the parcel on the 18th of March,2015,” she said. “No evidence was found that he was dealing in drugs.”

Police estimated the street value of the pot at £4,500.

“He told police he had smoked pot for 20 years and smoked one to three grams per day. He said he had bought small amounts on the dark web before. He had bought in bulk on this occasion to save money as he had a large credit card debt to pay,” Whites attorney said. He also added that White had no prior convictions, and was employed full time.

“He was suffering from depression and was using cannabis to self-medicate. Since then, he has been prescribed anti-depressants by his doctor. It is highly unlikely he will find himself in court again,” his attorney said.

“He stopped using cannabis in July last years and is now completely clean. He has stable accommodation and is employed. My recommendation is a punitive sentence of unpaid work,” Jo Hall, Whites probation officer told the court.

“You quite clearly had a problem which you were trying to deal with in the wrong way. You have now sorted that out and gone to your doctor,” Judge Townsend said as he passed down the sentence to White.

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