13:18 Monday 21 October 2013

£3,000 drug haul found at airport

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

Burton Magistrates Court Burton Magistrates Court

A MAN was found to have ordered almost £3,000 worth of class C drugs when a package addressed to him was intercepted at Coventry Airport.

More than 2,900 diazepam tablets were on their way to Melvyn Lowe, of Charlotte Court, Uttoxeter, when they were found and held at Coventry Airport on December 12 last year.

He had ordered the drugs from Pakistan, Burton Magistrates’ Court was told last week, and said he had no choice but to illegally order the sedative as he needed it for an ongoing condition.

Karen Walton, prosecuting, told the bench: “When the parcel was checked, a quantity of tablets was found. It was addressed to the defendant at his home address. Officers attended his address and further tablets were found.

“The parcel had a maximum street value of £2,910 and those at the home address had a maximum street value of £74.”

The parcel contained 2,970 tablets and a further 74 tablets were found at the house.

On Thursday, Lowe pleaded guilty to possessing a class C drug for import with intent to evade prohibition or restriction, and possessing a class C controlled drug.

When he was interviewed by police, he said he knew he had done wrong, but that he had felt pressured to get the drugs.

“He said he had been put on a diazepam prescription by his doctor some 12 years ago, but his GP had suddenly taken the tablets off him, as well as a prescription for cocodamol.

“He said he buys diazepam purely for his own personal use as a pain relief.

“He admitted his actions were against the law, but he felt he had no choice,” said Mrs Walton.

Lowe has been registered disabled for some years, after he broke a bone in his back, the court was told.

No mitigation was given, as magistrates requested a probation report, which will aid sentencing on November 7. He has been granted unconditional bail.

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