Prison term for co­caine stash worth thou­sands

But he de­nied be­ing dealer

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Court re­porter

A for­mer East Kil­bride man has been jailed for 15 months af­ter he was twice caught with co­caine worth thou­sands of pounds.

Po­lice found what they were look­ing for when they got a search war­rant in April last year then again four months later.

James Dun­bar, 31, of Spring­side, Irvine, North Ayr­shire ap­peared at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court.

He ad­mit­ted be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of the class A drug at his for­mer home in Mel­rose Ter­race, East Mains, and else­where.

Paula Rus­sell, pros­e­cut­ing, said when of­fi­cers went to Dun­bar’s home last April he told them he had co­caine in his car.

Bags of white pow­der with a street value of more than £4500 were re­cov­ered.

Dun­bar was taken to the po­lice sta­tion and charged but be­fore the case came to court he was at it again.

Cops re­turned to his East Kil­bride ad­dress with a war­rant in Au­gust and this time co­caine worth £4300 was seized.

A sus­pected tick list was also found but when he was ar­rested Dun­bar protested: “I wasn’t sell­ing it. I was stor­ing it for some­body.”

De­fence agent Andy Thom­son told Sher­iff Thomas Mil­lar: “You will have heard this story nu­mer­ous times but his po­si­tion is that he was stor­ing drugs for some­body.

“There is a can­did and de­cent back­ground re­port. He was hav­ing fi­nan­cial prob­lems and as­sisted in the stor­age of drugs.

“It’s a sorry tale but to his credit he is ex­pect­ing cus­tody.

“He’s the type of per­son I don’t think we’ll see in court again be­cause he ap­pears to have put his co­caine is­sues be­hind him.”

Sher­iff Mil­lar told Dun­bar he was pre­pared to knock off a quar­ter of the pro­posed sen­tence to recog­nise his guilty plea – but pointed out that he had not given po­lice the name of the per­son he was hold­ing the drugs for. That would have re­duced the sen­tence fur­ther.

The sher­iff added: “The na­ture of the of­fence means cus­tody is in­evitable. We have to make sure peo­ple are not used to store drugs or courier them about.”

He was hav­ing fi­nan­cial prob­lems and as­sisted in the stor­age of drugs. It’s a sorry tale...

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