A joiner who was running a drugs factory threw a frying pan full of cocaine into a sink to try and hide it when police raided his home.
Dean Moir – who runs a joinery business with 25 staff – was caught cutting cocaine with caffeine to create more than £20,000 worth of drugs to sell.
Moir, 46, and fellow joiner Paul Hannigan, 48, were caught red-handed in the kitchen they were using as a drug factory when officers raided the house.
Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson told Perth Sheriff Court: “Moir was holding a frying pan full of white powder.
“He threw the contents into a basin of water in the sink.
“He was wearing blue latex gloves with powder residue on them.
“They were tested and proved negative for controlled drugs.
“Police formed the impression he had been adulterating cocaine within the kitchen prior to their arrival. The powder in the frying pan was wet.
“There was some in the sink and basin. It was a paste. The maximum potential illicit value was between £11,150 and £22,300.”
Moir, Almond Gardens, and Hannigan, Ballantine Place, both Perth, admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine on October 26 2018.
Sheriff Gillian Wade remanded Moir in custody and told him: “You can expect a custodial sentence, given the amount and nature of the drugs involved.”
She deferred sentence on him and Hannigan – who was released on bail – for the preparation of background reports.