Police discovered £9,000 of drugs in a north-east man’s home after he forgot he had sent himself cannabis.
Daniel Cator was “so wasted” that he couldn’t remember parcelling up £250 worth of the Class B drug during a trip to Amsterdam.
The package was intercepted when it arrived in the UK and Border Force officials tipped off police. They raided the 21-year-old’s then home in Tarves and discovered £9,000 of illicit substances.
Cator previously admitted being involved in the supply of drugs and appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday for sentencing.
Solicitor Liam McAllister said his client had been self-medicating with cannabis but had become “addicted” to it.
He said Cator oversaw a kitty with “six or seven” of his friends to buy in bulk and get a discount from drug dealers.
Mr McAllister said: “There was no financial gain as this was very much a situation where Mr Cator was supplying to a limited peer group.”
But Sheriff Jack Brown rebuffed the claim and said: “They contribute to a fund and he supplies.
“There is a commercial benefit as the more money they had, the more drugs they could buy.”
Mr McAllister asked for leniency and to give Cator a chance to redeem himself.
“He has taken responsibility and not buried his head in the sand,” he said.
“He’s saying ‘I want to turn my life around’ and what I want to do is give him a chance to show that is not an empty promise.”
The sheriff agreed not to send Cator, of Modley Court, Ellon, to prison but ordered him to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work over nine months. He also put him on a nine-month curfew and a two-year supervision order.