A young Angus drug dealer was snared with £900 worth of cocaine after being pulled over following a police tip-off.
Officers found nine bags of the class A drug tucked behind a credit card holder in the centre console of Harry Turner’s Volkswagen Polo, along with almost £250 in cash in a wallet.
Turner’s solicitor said the conviction had been a “wake up call” for the 24-year-old, who bought the drugs as a way of cutting down on the expense of his own habit by passing on cocaine to friends and acquaintances
Appearing at Forfar sheriff court, Turner, of the town’s Queen Street pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of the drug on March 17.
Depute fiscal Jill Drummond said officers who received information that Turner was in possession of a quantity of controlled drugs saw the accused’s car and stopped the vehicle.
A search of the accused proved negative, but the bags of white powder, totalling nine grammes, and cash were subsequently found in the Polo.
“The accused co-operated fully throughout and made no reply to caution and charge,” added the fiscal.
Solicitor Billy Rennie said Turner was in full-time employment and well thought of by his employers.
“His family are very disappointed at his involvement in this matter, which they accept is a serious offence.
“He has admitted in the social work report that he has been a user of cocaine and he has found himself using it more and more,” added Mr Rennie.
“He had the means at this time to purchase some drugs, which he would then give to associates and friends who were also users of the drug.
“There is no commercial benefit here, other than he did not have to pay for all his own drugs.
“He shows a considerable level of remorse and a considerable level of insight into the consequences of this offence. It’s described as a wake up call.” added Mr Rennie.
Turner was placed on a two-year Community Payback Order including 65 hours of unpaid work.