Tucked with toys in a parcel? This is one of the ways cannabis dealers try to evade the police by sending their parcels through the mail.
Northern Ireland’s police said early this week that they have intercepted up to $100,000 worth of herbal cannabis en route to an address in Belfast, among other marijuana consignments sent through the standard mail in hopes the deliveries would go unnoticed.
At times, marijuana is seen tucked in a parcel full of toys, detective Inspector Pete Mullan, explained.
“The drugs come from the rest of the UK posted into Northern Ireland and from overseas as well. it’s a common method of dealers getting delivery of drugs,” The Independent quoted him as saying. “It’s something we are seeing more and more… I think they see it as a low-risk option.”
Mullan said drugs had been found hidden inside other objects, adding: “We’ve seen them packaged in children’s toys coming through the post.
“It can be put inside anything and sent in that way, it can be packaged as something else completely – numerous ways.”
4,618 packages seized
In the past 12 months, Northern Ireland police seized 4,618 cannabis packages, a slight increase from the year before, where they confiscated 4,375. The Independent said the volume confiscated has fallen to 145kg from 366kg in the same period.
“People do need to think about where their money is going,” said Mullan warned.
Cannabis possession can be punished with up to five years in prison and an unlimited fine, The Independent noted. Supply and production can land offenders in jail for up to 14 years.
In the EU, only Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Poland and Spain currently allow medical. However, few other European countries are planning to legalize it. Using marijuana recreationally is already decriminalized in member states such as the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, and Luxembourg.