Miss­ing per­son in­quiry leads to drugs find

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Po­lice look­ing for a miss­ing per­son found street val­ium and cannabis worth more than £20,000 in a View­park loft.

There was no sign of the man they were hop­ing to find but the drugs seizure led to a rel­a­tive, Charles Simp­son, ap­pear­ing at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court.

Simp­son (33) of Burn­head Street, View­park, ad­mit­ted be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of cannabis resin and eti­zo­lam, the tablet com­monly known as street val­ium.

His aunt Linda Simp­son (49), of Dou­glas Cres­cent, View­park, had her not guilty pleas to the same charges ac­cepted.

Michael Mac­in­tosh, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court:“this be­gan life as a miss­ing per­son in­quiry.

“An­other per­son named Charles Simp­son, Linda’s son, was re­ported miss­ing and of­fi­cers at­tended at her home on De­cem­ber 31 last year in con­nec­tion with this.

“They car­ried out a rou­tine search with her per­mis­sion. This in­cluded the loft where items were found which the of­fi­cers sus­pected might be con­trolled drugs.

“They in­formed their su­pe­ri­ors and a search war­rant was ob­tained. Linda Simp­son said a bag in the loft be­longed to her nephew, the ac­cused.

“In­side the bag a to­tal of 9000 eti­zo­lam tablets were found. The street value of a tablet ranges from 50p to £1, so the to­tal value of the pills seized was some­where be­tween £4500 and £9000.

“Also within the bag were blocks of ma­te­rial which was found to be cannabis resin. The to­tal weight of this was just un­der 3kg and a po­lice ex­pert reck­ons that if sub-di­vided into street deals, its max­i­mum value would be £12,240.”

Mac­in­tosh said Charles Simp­son was de­tained and his phone seized. Mes­sages thought to re­late to drug deals were found on the de­vice.

A search of his home led to £2010 be­ing re­cov­ered from his bed­room. Simp­son, an un­em­ployed chef, was asked about the cash and said he’d been lucky gam­bling.

Sher­iff Marie Smart called for back­ground re­ports and de­ferred sen­tence un­til later this month. Simp­son had his bail con­tin­ued.

The sher­iff or­dered for­fei­ture of the £2010 af­ter de­fence agent Stephen Mcquil­lan said his client would not con­test the is­sue.

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