Cannabis smug­gler tells judge: Drug was for med­i­cal use


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By SO­PHIE HALLE-RICHARDS NEWS­[email protected] @MENnews­desk

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

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