Sibling mails prescription drugs to his addict brother
WHEN a Leyburn man with a history of drug problems was caught carrying illegal prescription drugs he had a logical explanation for police - he only had them to stop his brother from getting robbed.
Ralph John Cranston was stopped by police after exiting the post office on November 21, after receiving a number of tip-offs related to drugs.
When the police officer asked the 64-year-old to return to the station with him, Cranston insisted on taking his mail with him, arousing the suspicions of the officer.
A quick peek in the envelope revealed Cranston's reluctance to part with the parcel; a blister pack of 14 oxycontin tablets.
Cranston told police his brother was coming to visit for the weekend but had mailed the drugs in case he got robbed along the way.
Police spoke with the brother in question, who said he had no plans to visit but mailed the drugs he had left over from a past surgery because Cranston threatened to kill himself if he didn't get some.
The Warwick Magistrates Court this week heard Cranston had been using the drug for about five years after being prescribed it following surgery.
In an early incident in September, police executed a search warrant at Cranston's home while he was not present.
When police found a bong, pipe and 0.5g of marijuana on his bedside table, Cranston's partner said the items belonged to him and he had a drug problem.
When questioned over the find, the 64-year-old denied owning the items and told the police they belonged to his deceased daughter.
He said he meant to throw them out but had not gotten around to it.
Cranston this week pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing drugs, one of possessing something used in the commission of a drug offence and contravening a police order.
He was placed on 12 months probation and fined $100.