Ad­dict caught with heroin weeks af­ter he was re­leased from jail

The Oban Times - - News -

DRUGS with a street value of £250 have landed a man with six months in prison af­ter he was found in pos­ses­sion of heroin and am­phet­a­mine in Oban.

Michael Do­herty, of Iona Road in Port Glas­gow, was dis­cov­ered with the drugs by po­lice out­side Albany apart­ments in the town on July 20, Oban sher­iff court heard on Mon­day.

The 35-year- old man pleaded guilty on Mon­day, af­ter be­ing de­tained in cus­tody since his ar­rest.

Do­herty was brought to the at­ten­tion of po­lice af­ter be­hav­ing sus­pi­ciously at 4.15 am, on July 20 said procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty. When searched, 11 grams of the stim­u­lant am­phet­a­mine, worth £100, and a wrap of class A di­amor­phine (heroin), with a street value of £150, were found in Do­herty’s jacket pocket, the court heard.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Mark Tem­ple­ton said his client had al­ready served five years in jail for sim­i­lar of­fences and was caught in pos­ses­sion of drugs just weeks af­ter his re­lease.

He added: ‘It is clear this man has a long-stand­ing dif­fi­culty with drugs.’

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son, QC, sen­tenced Do­herty to six months in prison, back­dated to July 20.

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