An Illinois man has been sentenced to four years in prison after he ordered 42 pounds of marijuana-infused chocolate from California with the intention of selling it.
Postal workers became suspicious after noticing a peculiar pattern of packages being delivered to the home of Thomas J Franzen suburban Chicago in February 2014.
Authorities obtained a search warrant to open one of the packages and discovered the cache of THC-laced chocolate.
Upon searching Franzen’s home, police found several items ‘known to be evidence of drug dealing’, including marijuana, cocaine, a digital scale, cash payments and receipts for shipments he had made to the US and Canada.
The 37-year-old pleaded guilty last month to possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, a felony charge carrying a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
He received the short sentence in light of the fact that he is battling testicular cancer, according to the Kane County State Attorney’s Office.
He will only be required to serve half of his four-year sentence despite overwhelming ‘evidence that proves that Mr Franzen is a drug dealer’, officials said.
Franzen was sentenced one day before the Illinois legislature voted to legalize recreational marijuana.
The bill is expected to be signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker and will take effect on January 1, 2020.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Illinois since 2014, but prosecutors say there is no evidence Franzen had attempted to buy the drug legally before ordering his chocolates.