Tiree man con­victed of deal­ing cannabis

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.

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