Cannabis smuggler tells judge: Drug was for medical use
BUT HE’S LOCKED UP AND TOLD: IT WAS FOR PROFIT
A DRUG dealer who ran a fake ‘medical marijuana’ racket in Britain as a front to smuggle thousands of pounds worth of cannabis into the UK for profit has been jailed for four and a half years.
Nathan Doyle, 34, used the dark web and cryptocurrency to order a string of consignments of cannabis from Canada - claiming he wanted to offer the drug to those who needed it for pain relief.
Doyle had the drugs delivered to his home on Brackley Avenue, Hulme.
He also set up his own PO Box account to have cannabis, and ‘shatter,’ a concentrated form of cannabis oil, sent to a company location on Deansgate.
Doyle was arrested on Monday 8 August, 2017, on suspicion of importing class A and B controlled drugs.
Sentencing him at Manchester Crown Court, judge Mr Justice William Davis told him: “The notion that you were bringing in medical cannabis for medical purposes isn’t borne out.
“You illegally brought into this country quantities of cannabis and it was apparent from what was found at your home that this was a regular thing.
“You told the jury you were trying to avoid detection and you knew it was against the law.
“Your case was you were only bringing in cannabis to give to fellow sufferers of a variety of illnesses.
“But I conclude that you were not engaged in a medical exercise - it was for profit.”
Doyle, of Brackley Avenue, Hulme, was sentenced to four years and six months for possession of class A drug psilocybin, importation of cocaine, and three counts of importation of cannabis.
He was also sentenced for importation of THC, possession with intent to supply cannabis and production of class B drug THC.
Nathan Doyle was jailed for four years and six months