Offender fined £800 after he ordered cannabis on Snapchat to be delivered in post

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A Peel man has been fined £800 for importing cannabis to the island in the post.

Simon Alexander Horne, of Queen’s Drive, admitted ordering the drug online using Snapchat.

Prosecuting advocate Rachael Braidwood told the court that police were called to the Post Office sorting office on September 24 after a report of a suspicious package.

It was addressed to 39-year-old Horne and when opened police found a vacuum-sealed package inside containing green vegetable matter.

He was arrested and a search of his home found a small amount of cannabis.

When interviewed Horne told police he had used Snapchat to order the drug but would not say who he bought it from. He added that he had bought the cannabis found at his home also using Snapchat but locally.

In total 17.1 grams of cannabis was found, valued at £342.

In court, Horne pleaded guilty to production of the drug to the island.

Ms Braidwood submitted that the case was suitable for summary court sentencing.

Defence advocate Louise Cooil said that Horne ran a local business which gave a lot back to the community by funding events and activities.

Ms Cooil said that her client had been a casual user of cannabis and the drug he had ordered was not for distribution.

High Bailiff Jayne Hughes also ordered him to pay £125 prosecution costs which he agreed to pay, along with the fine, by February 5.

A Peel man has been fined £800 for importing cannabis to the island in the post.

Simon Alexander Horne, of Queen’s Drive, admitted ordering the drug online using Snapchat.

Prosecuting advocate Rachael Braidwood told the court that police were called to the Post Office sorting office on September 24 after a report of a suspicious package.

It was addressed to 39-year-old Horne and when opened police found a vacuum-sealed package inside containing green vegetable matter.

He was arrested and a search of his home found a small amount of cannabis.

When interviewed Horne told police he had used Snapchat to order the drug but would not say who he bought it from.

He said that he had bought the cannabis found at his home also using Snapchat but locally.

In total 17.1 grams of cannabis was found, valued at £342.

In court, Horne pleaded guilty to production of the drug to the island.

Ms Braidwood submitted that the case was suitable for summary court sentencing.

Defence advocate Louise Cooil said that Horne ran a local business which gave a lot back to the community by funding events and activities.

Ms Cooil said that her client had been a casual user of cannabis and the drug he had ordered was not for distribution.

High Bailiff Jayne Hughes also ordered him to pay £125 prosecution costs which he agreed to pay, along with the fine, by February 5.

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