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Inverness Sheriff Court told smell alerted postal staff to cannabis being sent through the post

By Gregor White

Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

A man using cannabis to treat back pain sent a quantity to his brother with the same problem.

Michael Cameron (57) sent the drugs through the post by special delivery Inverness Sheriff Court was told.

However the strong smell coming from the package alerted a member of staff at the Post Office and the police were contacted.

When officers opened the parcel they discovered three separate bags inside, containing a total of 14.1 grams of cannabis.

Fiscal depute Alex Swain told Sheriff David Sutherland that the quantity was valued at between £10 and £170.

Cameron, of Bruce Avenue, Inverness, admitted being concerned in the supply of the drug at Crown Stores in Kingsmills Road, Inverness as well as in Oban and elsewhere on August 20.

Defence solicitor Marc Dickson told the court: “He took cannabis from time to time as he suffers from acute back pain.

“When his brother suffered similar difficulties, he endeavoured to help him.”

Sheriff David Sutherland told Cameron: “I can deal with this by way of a monetary penalty given the unusual situation here.”

He fined him a total of £500.

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