Po­lice sniff out cannabis haul

Sale & Altrincham Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA CURRY emma.curry@men­media.co.uk @em­malouise­curry

PO­LICE were alerted to a stash of drugs worth at least £250,000 by ‘a strong smell of cannabis’.

A pass­ing pa­trol stopped Mark Cor­bett, 33, driv­ing a Volk­swa­gen Caddy on Bar­ton Road in Stret­ford, last Au­gust, af­ter they no­ticed a scent.

A search un­cov­ered 89 bags, each con­tain­ing four bars of cannabis, weigh­ing more than 90kg in to­tal and with a street value of be­tween £250,000 and £380,000.

Of­fi­cers also seized more than £40,000 in cash which was stashed in­side the ve­hi­cle.

When quizzed by of­fi­cers, Cor­bett, of Princess Street, Broad­heath, Al­trin­cham, ad­mit­ted that he was paid £500 to take a num­ber of boxes and cash from Scot­land to Man- ch­ester but re­fused to an­swer any fur­ther ques­tions about who he was work­ing for.

He was found to be a mem­ber of an or­gan­ised crime group and has now been handed a pri­son sen­tence of four years and two months at Min­shull Street Crown Court.

Cor­bett pleaded guilty at an ear­lier hear­ing to pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply cannabis and two counts of money laun­der­ing.

Cor­bett was al­ready on bail for money laun­der­ing fol­low­ing a war­rant be­ing ex­e­cuted at his home in Novem­ber 2010.

Po­lice also seized high­value watches and iden­ti­fied a safety de­posit box con­tain­ing a large amount of cash.

Mark Cor­bett, 33, has been jailed

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