A pair of dealers have been jailed after they were caught using Royal Mail post boxes to send envelopes stuffed full of drugs to their customers.
James Willoughby, 27, and Mac Cheremeh, 42, posted hundreds of envelopes containing drugs into post boxes around Chelmsford, Essex.
Drugs including crack cocaine, heroin, MDMA, cannabis, ketamine, LSD, crystal meth, ecstasy, and amphetamine were sent to addresses in the UK, Australia, and the US.
But their scheme was foiled when the Royal Mail found 54 packages arrived at one sorting office within four days – all of them strongly smelling of cannabis.
Royal Mail investigators then intercepted a some 1,800 parcels over the space of a month that had been posted in and around Chelmsford between November and December 2018.
The drugs had an estimated street value of up to £517,500.
Charles Willoughby, his brother James Willoughby, and Mac Cheremeh – all admitted to their parts in conspiracy to supply the drugs.
James Willoughby and Cheremeh each admitted three charges of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, as well as two charges of conspiracy to supply class B drugs when they appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on 21 January this year.
Charles Willoughby, 32, of Rollason Way, Brentwood, admitted conspiracy to supply a class B drug.
Cheremeh, of Hackney, and James Willoughby, of Islington, were each jailed for 10 years, while Charles Willoughby was sentenced to eight months, suspended for two years.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: "This was a significant haul of drugs, which was discovered thanks to the diligence of Royal Mail staff.
"We’d like to thank them for their support throughout our investigation.”