Police found dealer's £60,000 haul of drugs after post office worker smelled suspicious package

Grimsby Crown Court
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An alert post office worker discovered a suspicious package which smelled of cannabis, a court heard.

The special delivery was found at Keadby post office in February this year. When staff alerted Humberside Police, they investigated who the sender was and arrested him at his address. They later found drugs valued at over £60,000, along with a knife.

At Grimsby Crown Court, Aryn Mumby, 25, of George Street, Keadby, admitted supplying cannabis and a further charge of possession of a knife.

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He also admitted possession of ecstasy with intent to supply and a similar charge of cannabis and a further offence of possession of a lock knife, which were committed in June 2020. Mumby had been released under investigation by police for the June 2020 offences when he committed the drugs offences in February this year, the court heard.

Prosecuting, Ben Hammersley told how police became suspicious of a silver Volkswagen vehicle travelling through Scunthorpe. When they stopped the car, the driver smelled of cannabis. A search of the vehicle revealed eight containers with cannabis, valued at £800. They also found a lock knife in the glove compartment.

When his home was searched, police found a total of 48 ecstasy tablets and a press machine which had traces of Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the psychoactive constituent of cannabis.

It was valued at £720. Police released Mumby for further investigation. Police were then called to Keadby post office in February this year when staff smelled a special delivery and became suspicious. It contained cannabis buds and sweets made from cannabis.

Officers searched Mumby's address and another property and discovered a haul of drugs valued at £60,450. Mr Hammersley said: "It was clear it was a commercial operation which goes beyond normal street dealing and he was under investigation for the earlier offences.

For Mumby, Sean Smith said his client was 21 years when he committed the offences in June 2020 and was of "low-level maturity." He said: "He has gone on from the consequences of his own habit to make it a commercial activity." While in custody in prison, he has been setting and marking maths homework for other prisoners, the defence barrister said.

He added: "The prosecution say he has had a leading role. But it (sending cannabis by post) is a different way of selling to street dealers in a street dealer fashion, with a twist."

Judge Andrew Hatton said he was satisfied Mumby had played a significant role in drug dealing for substantial financial advantage. "This was a business you were operating," he said. He jailed Mumby for a total of four years and nine months. He said proceeds of crime proceedings will be undertaken next year to take money he had gained from drug dealing.