Man arranged for drugs cash to be posted

By by court reporter newsdesk@iomtoday.co.im Twitter: @iomnewspapers in Crime

A Castletown man has been committed to the Court of General Gaol for sentencing after admitting dealing cannabis and money laundering.

Alex James Taylor, of Malew Street, will appear in the higher court on August 4 after pleading guilty to four offences.

Taylor has admitted possession of cannabis resin with intent to supply, possession of cannabis bush with intent to supply, possessing criminal property, and entering into an arrangement regarding criminal property.

Prosecutor Hazel Carroon told the court how, on March 23, 20-year-old Taylor asked another man to post a package for him.

The package contained £1,650 in bank notes but the man posting it was said to be unaware of the contents.

However, the package was intercepted by police at the Isle of Man Post Office and seized.

Taylor phoned the Post Office the following day to enquire why his package had not arrived at its UK destination.

A search warrant was executed at Taylor’s home and several wraps of cannabis bush were found in a bedroom, weighing a total of 20.8 grams, valued at £376.

Two bars of cannabis resin were also found weighing a total of 201 grams, said to be worth £1,063.29. Cash totalling £1,350 was also found.

Taylor made no comment during a police interview.

A basis of plea was entered by Taylor in which he said that the money found was not his, but belonged to a third party. However, he admitted he was aware it was the proceeds of crime.

The case must go to the higher court as an order under the Proceeds of Crime Act to confiscate the money can only be made in that court.

Defending Taylor in court, his advocate Matthew Wilshaw argued that the case would be suitable to remain in summary court but for the confiscation order.

Mr Wilshaw said: ’It was not a vast value or weight of drugs.

’The money itself is not a great amount, cases of a higher value have been dealt with in this court.

However, Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes ruled that she would have committed Taylor to the higher court regardless of the confiscation order.

Mrs Hughes said: ’There are four charges before the court, two of possessing drugs with intent to supply. I have taken into account the weight and value and while they are not the highest, they are certainly a significant value.’

Bail continues in the sum of £500 with a condition not to leave the island without court permission.