Tiree man convicted of dealing cannabis
TWO drug dealers from Tiree and Fife have been convicted after a police drugs swoop.
John Allan McLean, 56, and Geoffrey Gladwell, 53, denied possessing 400g of cannabis with intent to supply after police detained both at a car park by Corran Brae, Oban, on January 6 following a tip- off.
McLean, of 13 Kinloss Court, High Valleyfield, Dunfermline, told Oban Sheriff Court on November 9 he was giving Gladwell, of 2 Dun Bheag, Ruaig, Tiree, a 100mile lift to the ferry.
‘He wanted to be dropped off at the Corran Halls to see a friend of his,’ McLean said. ‘The next thing I knew was the police came to lift us.’
A search found ‘980 quid’ on McLean, needed ‘to buy a motor’ seen on Gumtree, he said. ‘I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He did not tell me what he had on him.’
Procurator fiscal Eoin McGinty asked McLean: ‘There were four bars [of cannabis] in the car and you did not smell them?’
‘I had the heating up and the windows down,’ McLean replied. ‘It was end of the winter.’
Mr McGinty asked: ‘There is not a single witness to say, “A car was advertised and I arranged for someone from Fife to come and look at it that day”?’ ‘No,’ McLean said. Gladwell bought a ‘bulk purchase’ of four 100g cannabis bars at two different times and places in Dunfermline, because, he said: ‘I cannot get it on Tiree. It was for my back, relieving the pain.’
‘Is it a coincidence the four blocks are exactly the same size, wrapped the same way, each with ‘RS’ stamped on the back?’ Mr McGinty asked.
‘I don’t know,’ Gladwell said. ‘I cannot recall when I bought them because I was on the scatter – the drink,’ he said. ‘I was on the scatter for a fortnight.’
Mr McGinty summed up: ‘The whole circumstances [are] indicative of something other than personal use. As they pulled up in the car, there happened to be an ongoing police operation at the very address and information a drug deal was under way.’
Gladwell’s defence agent Edward Thornton read an expert witness’s report: ‘The quantity of drugs can be indicative of personal use or onward supply.’
Sheriff Ruth Anderson QC said: ‘I am satisfied within reasonable doubt you are guilty as charged.’ She fined Gladwell £ 3,000, and deferred sentence on McLean until December 6.