A dopey drug smuggler was caught by police after his £5,000 shipment of US cannabis was sent to a Royal Mail The office is sorting after the delivery slot is missed.
Gary Patnett, 37, was expecting his illegal parcel of ‘Kelly’ weed to be delivered to his home when he and his younger brother ordered it online from a US firm operating legally. was California.
But the destitute father-of-two, dubbed ‘B***end’ by his sister, missed a delivery by an unsuspecting courier – and returned moments later to find on his doorstep ‘ Look for a sorry we missed you’ card.
Mum-of-one Natasha Petnet then took to a tracking app to find the missing package, before her brother went on a frank mission to their nearby sorting office in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, in the hope of collecting it.
But police – who were called to the depot after staff raised the alarm – ambushed Petnet as he arrived on his bike and arrested him.
Desperate father-of-two Gary Patnett, 37, ordered £5,000 worth of drugs from the US with his younger sister – but missed the delivery which later led to his arrest. He is pictured smiling outside Chester Crown Court.
Mum-of-one Natasha Petnet, 34, texted her brother on the day of the delivery to remind her ‘not to forget the parcel’.
When searched, Petnet was found to have a ‘missed delivery’ card in his hand – while on his phone was a text message from Natasha, 34, which read: ‘Morning B***end, don’t forget the parcel. .’
At Chester Crown Court, the pair, from Ellesmere Port, pleaded guilty to importing the Class B drug.
Ryan Rothwell, prosecuting, said police were alerted to a ‘suspicious package’ by Royal Mail postal workers on January 29, 2022.
‘Inside the package was 225g of high quality cannabis worth between £3,200 and £5,100. Mr Rothwell told the court it was contained in 64 packets which were labeled as Kelly Weed.
‘The package was addressed to where the defendant was currently living with his partner. It was addressed to a fictional woman, Janet Baker.’
Petnet’s phone was seized by police, the prosecutor added, after officers found messages to her sister that proved she was ‘involved’.
Petnet was ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work with the Probation Service along with 20 days of rehabilitation activities.
Mr Rothwell told the court that ‘on January 27, the day before, a message received at 2.34pm indicated that he had messaged Mr Petnet: “That parcel has been delivered to you, says the tracker. That you have to answer”, Mr Rothwell told the court.
‘The message indicated that Miss Petnet was following the delivery of the parcel on a tracker.
The next day, January 28, at 9.45am, another message arrived: ‘Morning is running out, don’t forget the parcel. Not sure if it closes at 11 or 1 on Fridays.’
‘The day after her arrest Miss Petnet stopped using the number. A search warrant was executed at his address in March last year. He was arrested. In the interview, both defendants did not comment on all questions.’
Petnet had two previous convictions, one from 2002 for overcharging vehicles and another from 2018 for traveling on railways without paying his fare.
His sister had a previous conviction for smuggling steroids into prison from 2015, for which she received a 12-week suspended sentence.
Defending the patent, Paul Wood said: ‘There is genuine remorse. He has stayed out of trouble and has long battled a cocaine addiction.
Natasha Petnet, pictured, was previously convicted of smuggling steroids into prison in 2015. He is pictured outside Chester Crown Court.
‘He has two children aged seven and 12 and is in touch with them every weekend. On the face of it, he is a responsible father.’
Jonathan Cain, defending Petnet’s sister, said his client had previously had an abusive relationship.
He added: ‘Remorse certainly went two ways. When she thinks about the effects of her insults on her daughter, whom she is the sole carer of, she has an insight into the effects of drugs on society, seeing the difficulties that her The brother has to face and face the past.’
Petit was ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work with the Probation Service along with 20 days of rehabilitation activity.
Because of her previous conviction, her sister was given 140 hours of unpaid work as well as 20 days of rehabilitation activities. He was fined £46 at an earlier hearing for possession of amphetamine.
Sentencing Judge Recorder David O’Mahony said: ‘Gary, the presentence report notes your remorse and makes reference to your efforts to deal with your habit. You are unemployed but hope to get a job when this matter is settled.’
Turning to Petnet’s brother-in-law, the judge said: ‘Natasha, you have said in your pre-sentence report that you were motivated by fear and to help your brother.
‘You’re a full-time mum on benefits but you’ve worked in the past and want to work again in the future. You have used drugs, particularly cannabis, to cope with your mental health but you regret it.’
Caliweed is cannabis that is grown commercially in California, the first US state to legalize medical cannabis and one of the first states to legalize the drug for recreational use.
Due to the strict regulatory and product testing system, this drug is considered to be of higher quality than the drug grown illegally in the UK.
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