Dopey drug smugglers jailed after Royal Mail finds their cannabis trends now
A dopey drug smuggler was caught by police after his £5,000 cargo of American cannabis was forwarded to a Royal Mail sorting office after he missed a delivery slot.
Gary Patnett, 37, had been expecting his illicit parcel of 'Cali' weed to be delivered to his home after he and his younger sibling ordered it online from a US firm operating legally in California.
But the hapless father-of-two, nicknamed 'B***end' by his sister, missed the delivery by an unsuspecting courier - and he returned shortly afterwards to find a 'sorry we missed you card' on his doorstep.
Mother-of-one Natasha Patnett then went on a tracking app to find the missing package before her brother went on a frantic mission to their nearest sorting office in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, in the hope of collecting it.
But police - who had been called to the depot after staff raised the alarm - ambushed Patnett as he arrived on his bike and arrested him.
Hapless father-of-two Gary Patnett, 37, ordered £5,000 of drugs from the US with his younger sister - but missed its delivery which later led to his arrest. He is pictured grinning outside Chester Crown Court
Mother-of-one Natasha Patnett, 34, had reminded her brother not to 'forget the parcel' in a text to him on the day of the delivery
When searched, Patnett was found with the 'missed delivery' card in his hand - while his phone had a text message from Natasha, 34, saying: 'Morning B***end, do not forget the parcel.'
At Chester Crown Court, the pair, from Ellesmere Port, pleaded guilty to importation of a class B drug.
Ryan Rothwell, prosecuting, said police were notified by Royal Mail postal workers about the 'suspicious package' on January 29, 2022.
'Inside the package was 225g of fairly high-quality cannabis worth between £3,200 and £5,100. It was contained in 64 packets of what had been branded as Cali Weed,' Mr Rothwell told the court.
'The package was addressed to where the defendant was staying with his partner at the time. It was addressed to a fictional female, Janet Baker.'
Patnett's phone was seized by police, with officers later finding messages to his sister that proved she was 'involved', the prosecutor added.
Patnett was was ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work along with 20 days of rehabilitative activity with the probation service
'A message received on January 27, the day before, at 2.34pm indicated that she messaged