A Crieff man poured his heroin stash down the sink to prevent it being seized by police.
Officers raided Douglas Brown’s home in Crieff and caught him red-handed in the kitchen.
Perth Sheriff Court heard officers only managed to recover a “nominal” amount of the class A-drug, which had stained dirty crockery as it made its way down the plug hole.
Brown, 45, did not appear at court but pled guilty by letter to possession of heroin at his Leadenflower Court home on August 20 last year.
He also admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice by disposing of a quantity of the drug as police entered his premises.
Fiscal depute Stuart Hamilton told the court: “On the basis of intelligence received related to Douglas Brown, a search warrant was granted and executed.
“Police found the accused in the kitchen with a bag containing brown powder.
“He was pouring the powder from that bag down the kitchen sink.”
Mr Hamilton said: “He was immediately arrested.
“The accused was searched, which resulted in a negative result.”
The prosecutor added: “A systematic search of the address was also carried out.
“Cups containing brown powder were found within the sink.
“A piece of paper containing phone numbers was also found within the living room.”
Mr Hamilton said the powder found in the bag and the cups tested positive for heroin.
Asked by Sheriff Euan Duthie about the value of the drugs seized, the fiscal depute said: “As the accused was obviously in the process of pouring it down the sink we cannot give an estimate value.
“He was cautioned and charged and made no reply.”
Mr Hamilton added: “For the sake of completeness, I will move for forfeiture of whatever drugs were recovered.”
Sheriff Duthie deferred sentence for background reports, including a Drug Treatment and Testing Order assessment, until August 10.