A teenage Angus dealer who stashed drugs in a Kinder Egg has been jailed for 13 months.
Police found six wraps of the Class A drug inside a plastic egg recovered from Liam Harris’s trouser leg after he was searched following an interrupted Montrose street deal.
Harris also pleaded guilty to supplying amphetamine, assaulting another male while on valium and breaching bail as part of what a sheriff said was a record growing in length and severity.
Harris, 19, of Wallace Wynd, Stonehaven appeared from custody for sentence before Sheriff Gregor Murray at Forfar, with depute fiscal Jill Drummond telling the court that the accused initially tried to say that he had simply found the diamorphine-filled egg.
In relation to the amphetamine supply charge, Harris was caught with around £65 worth of the drug at his home after officers executed a search warrant.
He told them: “There’s some speed in the living room, I have a habit. I’m selling that.”
Defence solicitor Nick Markwoski said Harris was caught up in a “chaotic lifestyle” but had been trying to engage with psychiatric and support services to live successfully in the community.
“He was developing a valium addiction and anything from the supply of speed was invested in drugs for himself,” said Mr Markwoski.
Turning to the heroin supply charge, the solicitor added: “He was smoking approximately two grammes of heroin a day and had already consumed a quantity of the drug that day.
“The people were all well known to the police, they scattered and the offence came to light.
“There was a lack of record until things started to go out of control this year but he is making the right noises and seems quite motivated to turn things around.”
Sheriff Murray told the accused: “Your record is escalating in frequency and seriousness.
“Anyone who appears on two charges of supplying drugs within a six month period, with a nasty assault in between can expect only one outcome.”