Man­sold drugsto feed­his ad­dic­tion

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

A Vale man was hauled to court last week after be­ing in­volved in deal­ing drugs to fund his val­ium ad­dic­tion.

Peter Bates pleaded guilty to hav­ing cannabis at his home in Al­lan Cres­cent with in­tent to sup­ply.

The 32-year-old ap­peared in the dock at Dum­bar­ton Sher­iff Court where it was heard that his crime was un­cov­ered dur­ing a raid on his flat.

Po­lice burst into his home through an un­locked door at 11.20am on Oc­to­ber 19 and searched the prop­erty.

Fis­cal de­pute Craig Wain­wright said: “Within the kitchen, of­fi­cers re­cov­ered a knot­ted bag con­tain­ing five in­di­vid­ual wraps of brown resinous ma­te­rial.

“It was found at the kick­plate at the side of the wash­ing ma­chine.

“Of­fi­cers de­tained the ac­cused and he was con­veyed to Cly­de­bank Po­lice Of­fice.

“The sub­stances were ex­am­ined and proved pos­i­tive for cannabis.

“The ac­cused was in­ter­viewed and ad­mit­ted re­sid­ing at the lo­cus but pro­vided no com­ment an­swers to the ques­tions asked.”

Tests re­vealed that the drugs weighed 1.26g and had a value of £350.

Ju­dith Reid, de­fend­ing, said: “Cannabis is not the drug he has a prob­lem with. He has sig­nif­i­cant dif­fi­cul­ties with val­ium and had this in or­der to pay some of his debt.”

Sher­iff John Hamil­ton sen­tenced him to a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der with 18 months of su­per­vi­sion, as well as a re­stric­tion of lib­erty or­der.

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