Co­caine dealer avoids prison

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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.”

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