Teenager’s drug deal in old build­ing

Youth given more time on course

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A Perthshire teenager caught deal­ing drugs has been given a fur­ther spell on a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme de­spite an un­favourable progress re­port.

Perth Sher­iff Court was told that 18-year-old Thomas Adams, of Com­mis­sioner Street, Cri­eff, was ar­rested in a derelict build­ing in the town used as a “den” by lo­cal groups.

As po­lice walked through the Old Bak­ery, in the High Street, they spot­ted the ac­cused stand­ing in­side a door­way.

There was a small ta­ble in front of him - and on it were a set of scales, ac­cord­ing to de­pute fis­cal Carol Whyte.

He was hold­ing a small freezer bag con­tain­ing cannabis and although alerted by two girls who were present, he was ap­pre­hended.

When searched, he was found to have more than £100 in his pos­ses­sion, along with two mo­bile phones.

A fur­ther search at the po­lice sta­tion led to of­fi­cers seiz­ing an­other small bag of “veg­etable mat­ter” found in his jeans pocket.

A ruck­sack he had with him also con­tained a fur­ther £500.

“In to­tal, seven grammes of cannabis were re­cov­ered with an es­ti­mated value of £70,” added the fis­cal.

The phones were ex­am­ined and from text mes­sages ar­rang­ing meet­ings at the build­ing, of­fi­cers were of the opin­ion that he was con­cerned in the sup­ply of the Class B drug.

Adams ad­mit­ted deal­ing in cannabis at the Cri­eff lo­ca­tion on August 6 last year.

Solic­i­tor Linda Clark said that the charge cov­ered just one day and it wasn’t the “most sig­nif­i­cant” amount of drugs re­cov­ered.

A de­fence ex­pert had con­cluded that his ac­tions were “at the ex­treme bot­tom end of the deal­ing net­work”.

Adams was pre­vi­ously or­dered to take part in the Right Track scheme, de­signed to keep way­ward young­sters on the straight and nar­row.

Sher­iff Wil­liam Wood told him fol­low­ing his lat­est court ap­pear­ance: “You will have read the progress re­port from Right Track. It doesn’t make good read­ing.”

Be­cause of the ac­cused’s age, how­ever, the sher­iff was pre­pared to al­low him to com­plete the course.

Sen­tence was de­ferred un­til Novem­ber 2, when a pros­e­cu­tion mo­tion to for­feit the drugs, cash and phones will be con­sid­ered.

Sher­iff Wood pre­vi­ously warned Adams: “Clearly deal­ing in any sort of drug is a se­ri­ous mat­ter and can at­tract a cus­to­dial sen­tence.”

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