Jury rejects claim Fife man’s £4,000 heroin stash was for ‘personal use’

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A repeat drug trafficker has been jailed for seven years after his claim that heroin worth more than £4,000 on the streets was for his personal use was rejected by a jury.

Kevin Peters was caught with an ounce and a half of the class A drug near his home in Blacklaw Road, in Dunfermline, on May 15 last year.

Peters, 48, claimed that the quantity of the drug, which could produce 404 £10 bags for street sales, was for his own use and he was not guilty of involvement in supply.

But a jury at the High Court in Edinburgh convicted him of being concerned in the supply of heroin and then learnt he would now be subject to a minimum seven-year prison term because of his record, which includes three previous jail sentences for trafficking class A drugs.

Lord Kinclaven, told Peters yesterday: “There is no alternative to a significant custodial sentence.”