10 Aug 2022

Man posted cannabis home to himself during visit to Amsterdam but was caught after postal workers smelt the drug in their Co Derry sorting office

A man who posted cannabis home to himself during a trip to Amsterdam was caught after Royal Mail staff intercepted the letters at their sorting office in Coleraine, a court has heard. Appearing before Limavady Magistrates Court today was Ryan Keenan, of West Gate, Ballymoney, charged with possession of a class B drug and importing a controlled drug. The court heard that the offences came to light on September 6 when staff at Royal Mail claimed that they had intercepted a letter, which smelt of cannabis, and was addressed to a property at Somerset Court, Coleraine. The following day, September 7, staff at the sorting office said they had come across a second letter which also smelt of cannabis and was addressed to the same property. Following investigations, police attended the property on September 18 and spoke to 32 year-old Keenan who produced five bags of cannabis. During interview, Keenan, a delivery driver, said he had sent two letters, containing cannabis, home to himself while he was in Amsterdam. Keenan told officers that the drugs were for himself claiming that he had posted them to himself as they were ‘stronger’ and ‘they helped him to sleep’. A solicitor told the court that it was’ not a sophisticated crime’. He said Keenan visited Amsterdam four or five times per year, adding that this was the first time he had attempted to post home some drugs. District Judge Liam McNally fined Keenan £600.

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