Missing person inquiry leads to drugs find
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.