A Liverpudlian man caught dealing heroin worth around £10,000 in Dundee appeared in court after pleading guilty to the crime.
At an earlier hearing Brian Scales, 56, of HMP Perth, admitted being concerned in the supply of the class A drug in the city just before Christmas.
Fiscal depute Nicola Gillespie said: “On Friday December 19, 2014 intelligence was received that a motor van registered to the accused was involved in the supply of controlled drugs.
On the same day police observed the vehicle travelling east on the Kingsway. It was stopped in a slip road leading to Camperdown Leisure Park and the
Police searched the van and with the help of a sniffer dog discovered a brown package inside a black sock which had been concealed in the passenger side of the van.
This was later tested and found to be diamorphine, or heroin weighting 500grams with an estimated street value of between £9,500 to £13,000.
Mrs Gillespie told the court police also found two mobile phones and a sat-nav in the van.
Sheriff Elizabeth Munro said Scales will be sentenced on May 6.