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Duo avoid jail after customs officers found cannabis in package sent from United States

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Two men have narrowly avoided jail after customs officers found a kilo of cannabis in a package sent from the United States.A note claimed that the contents were nothing more sinister than camping utensils, Hamilton Sheriff Court was told.Kyle McLaren, 27, of Clyde Avenue, Bothwell, and Hisham Chegra, 24, of Shawbride Street, Pollokshaws, Glasgow, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

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Each weighed just under half a kilo."The package was addressed to McLaren's home and police officers went there with a search warrant on December 2, 2022."They found scales and various bags containing 3-4g deals of cannabis."Mr Thomson said financial records showed McLaren had paid Chegra £1,100 in advance of the package being sent.

There was also a text message from Chegra to McLaren relating to the delivery and Chegra's fingerprints were found on some of the

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