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Perth man who had cannabis delivered to home address jailed

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Image caption Steven Kennedy planned to sell half of the drug consignment to a friend

A Perth man who was caught importing cannabis from Canada after he had it sent to his home address has been jailed for 140 days.

Horticultural student Steven Kennedy ordered £2,500 worth of the drug online, but it was detected by an airport sniffer dog.

Police confronted Kennedy with the package at his home in Scott Street.

Perth Sheriff Court heard he had planned to sell half of the consignment to one of his friends.

Solicitor Paul Ralph, defending, said: "He thought because he was buying it from Quebec and it was legal there that he wasn't committing an offence.

"I have sat him down and explained what the laws actually are.

"He has never been in trouble before. He has started a course at university.

"He has taken a tumble to himself."

Parcel detected

Depute fiscal Stuart Richardson told Perth Sheriff Court that Kennedy had planned to sell half of the consignment to one of his friends.

Mr Richardson said: "A parcel was detected at the post office hub in Coventry and checked out.

It was found to contain 280 grams of cannabis. It arrived from Canada on its way to Mr Kennedy.

"The information was passed to the local police and they obtained a search warrant for his house.

"They found a small amount of cannabis in the house."

Kennedy, 35, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis at his home and at Coventry International Hub between 17 August and 5 September 2014.

Sheriff Fiona Tait said: "While I appreciate you appear as a first offender this is an offence the court will take very seriously.

"I am not satisfied there is an alternative to custody."

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