Prison term for cocaine stash worth thousands
But he denied being dealer
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...