Two brothers from Red Lodge who supplied cannabis by post have been given suspended prison sentences.
Police caught the pair after Post Office staff became suspicious about four parcels in November last year.
Ipswich Crown Court heard today (Wednesday) that Alex Mould and James Alexander had been using their mother’s franking machine to send out consignments of the drug.
Prosecuting, Michael Crimp said police officers were able to trace the packages, containing foil-wrapped cannabis, using the post marks which were registered to an address in Red Lodge.
A franking machine, stamped envelopes and mobile phones which revealed details of the brother’s deals were seized.
Mould, 22, of Tayberry Close, Red Lodge and Alexander, 30, of Peppermint Walk, Red Lodge were arrested and it emerged payments for the cannabis had been collected through Mould’s PayPal account.
Mr Crimp said packages containing cannabis ranging in price from £60 to £220 had been sent between June 2013 and the time the men were arrested.
When interviewed Mould declined to answer questions but Alexander admitted what they had done.
He told police the operation had not made a profit as any money gained was used to finance his own cannabis use, said Mr Crimp.
Alexander said he had initially tried selling cannabis on the street but found it too dangerous and switched to supplying only friends and associates. The cannabis had been grown by himself.
Both Mould and Alexander pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cannabis.
Defending, Declan Gallagher said £3,500 in cash and the franking machine found by police had belonged to the brother’s mother who ran a legitimate online business selling jewellery.
Judge Peter Jacobs said he had read medical and other reports which indicated Alexander may have been adversely affected by his military service in Afghanistan.
Sentencing the brothers, Judge Jacobs said: “We can’t get to the bottom of this but it is pretty plain to me that you were growing this somewhere and marketing it.”
Addressing Alexander, the judge said: “I cant work out how much this is do with your deployment in Afghanistan or problems reajusting to ordinary life. You are in a bit of a mess.”
Mould and Alexander were each sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for two years and to be under Probation Service supervision for 12 months.
In addition, Mould was told he must complete 100 hours of unpaid community work.