Courier jailed after be­ing caught with £1,500 of drugs

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News Highlands & Islands -

A 24-year-old man who ad­mit­ted be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of more than £1,500-worth of cannabis resin was given a six-month jail term yes­ter­day.

Alexan­der Hart, of Beat­tie Av­enue, Aberdeen, ad­mit­ted the charge dat­ing back to Jan­uary 22, 2016, at Ler­wick Ferry Ter­mi­nal.

He was found in pos­ses­sion of 105g of the class B sub­stance, with an es­ti­mated value of £1,575, and 1.7g of co­caine, worth around £100.

His co-ac­cused ,23- yearold Peter Lovie, of Craigielea Av­enue, Aberdeen, ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing 11.2g of cannabis worth around £165 on the same date. He was given a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der and told to carry out 60 hours’ un­paid work.

Both men com­mit­ted the of­fences while on bail granted at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Dun­can Macken­zie said po­lice were act­ing on in­tel­li­gence after the pair ar­rived in Shet­land on the NorthLink ferry.

De­fence agent Tommy Al­lan said Hart, who is cur­rently serv­ing a 30month sen­tence for a “non-anal­o­gous mat­ter”, had been in a bad place after sep­a­rat­ing from his girl­friend, with whom he had a child.

He had come to Shet­land to en­joy the Up Helly Aa fes­ti­val and dur­ing the ferry jour­ney was made aware that Lovie was in pos­ses­sion of cannabis and asked to help out.

Sher­iff Philip Mann told Hart that deal­ing drugs “al­most au­to­mat­i­cally leads to cus­tody”.

“You acted as a courier, and you must have known what you were get­ting into,” he said, jail­ing him for six months to be served con­sec­u­tive to his ex­ist­ing prison term.

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