Drug dealer given jail term for of­fences

The Oban Times - - News -

A 28-YEAR- OLD Fort Wil­liam man has been sent to jail for drug of­fences.

Jamie Lee Paul of 3 Shaw Place, Fort Wil­liam, was sen­tenced at the town’s court on Tues­day July 18.

Paul was charged with be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of the con­trolled drug cannabis, a class B drug, on May 6, 2016, to July 6, 2016, both dates in­clu­sive, at 3 Shaw Place. At the same place and dates, he was fur­ther charged with be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of con­trolled drug co­caine, a class A drug.

Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal David Mor­ton told the court that po­lice re­ceived in­tel­li­gence there were drugs at 3 Shaw Place.

They were granted a drugs search war­rant on May 6, 2016, and car­ried this out at the prop­erty which was oc­cu­pied by Paul, his mother and brother. The po­lice re­cov­ered 143g of cannabis at the ad­dress, with a value of more than £2,000 and 137g of co­caine worth ap­prox­i­mately £7,000.

Paul’s mo­bile was an­a­lysed and was found to con­tain mes­sages con­cerned with the sup­ply of drugs to fam­ily, friends and ac­quain­tances.

The sher­iff was pro­vided with a crim­i­nal jus­tice and so­cial work re­port which was taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

Paul’s de­fence agent said he had been of­fered a job in Perth, where he had in­tended to move, which would have re­moved him from friends in the area which had ‘led him astray’.

His de­fence lawyer added Paul had ‘grown up and now ac­cepts his re­spon­si­bil­ity to the court’.

On sen­tenc­ing Paul, Sher­iff Eilidh Mac­Don­ald said these were ‘se­ri­ous mat­ters in­volv­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of drugs’.

She added: ‘I see no other al­ter­na­tive to a cus­to­dial sen­tence.’

On the first charge, Paul was sen­tenced to five months in prison and on the sec­ond he was sen­tenced to 12 months.

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