Cocaine dealer avoids prison
A Viewpark man who admitted a cocaine dealing charge has avoided prison.
James Houston was instead ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid community work when he appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court this week.
Houston (27), of Langside Avenue, admitted being concerned in the supply of the Class A drug at his home on October 20 last year.
Four letters of support were lodged with Sheriff Ray Small who noted that a social work report on the accused was “positive”.
The sheriff told Houston: “An alternative to custody is appropriate here.
“It seems to me you took a chance and got involved with a Class A drug which was for you and some friends.
“The values involved are such that you are just on the boundary of a custodial sentence and I’ll give you the chance to avoid that by giving you unpaid work as a direct alternative.”
However the sheriff also warned: “If this work is not done or you breach the order in any way there will be only one outcome.”