Heroin dealer, 37 given prison term

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY ALAN WIL­SON

A DRUG dealer found with nearly £30,000 worth of heroin was told by a sher­iff that he and oth­ers like him are “dam­ag­ing Dundee”.

Stephen Hut­ton was jailed for four years and five months at Dundee Sher­iff Court af­ter ad­mit­ting be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of heroin at his home on Yar­row Ter­race and at Perth Prison, be­tween Jan­uary 24-26.

Sher­iff Alas­tair Carmichael told se­rial crim­i­nal Hut­ton that the city is “just shy of twice the na­tional av­er­age for dru­gre­lated deaths, mostly from heroin”. He said the prob­lem was not just in the il­le­gal sup­ply of Class A drugs, but in the dam­age caused to the lives and health of users.

Sher­iff Carmichael added: “It’s dam­ag­ing to their fam­i­lies and to the com­mu­nity in Dundee and An­gus.

“Your ac­tions are dam­ag­ing Dundee and you are re­spon­si­ble for that.”

Hut­ton – who the court was told has 60 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions – in­tended to take a quan­tity of the drug into Perth Prison.

But he was thwarted when po­lice searched him, fis­cal de­pute Ni­cola Gille­spie said.

She said Hut­ton’s record mostly in­volved of­fences of theft, but he also has drugs con­vic­tions and a High Court con­vic­tion for firearms of­fences.

The court heard Hut­ton, 37, who is al­ready serv­ing a 19-month prison sen­tence for other of­fences, had been ar­rested on three out­stand­ing war­rants by po­lice of­fi­cers and was taken to po­lice HQ overnight on Fe­bru­ary 23-24.

While there, of­fi­cers un­der­took a search of his home and found bags of brown pow­der, which were an­a­lysed and found to con­tain heroin while cut­ting agents caf­feine and parac­eta­mol were also found, Ms Gille­spie said.

She added that drugs para­pher­na­lia was also re­cov­ered by of­fi­cers.

Hut­ton was also searched and heroin was found con­cealed in his body, which Hut­ton ad­mit­ted was for tak­ing into Perth Prison.

Ms Gille­spie said that in to­tal the drugs were worth be­tween £14,000-£29,640, de­pend­ing on how the heroin was di­vided up.

The drugs in­tended for prison were val­ued at up to £5,100, she added.

So­lic­i­tor Theo Find­lay told the court Hut­ton had sub­stan­tial debts and had al­lowed the drugs to be brought into his house. Our­voice PAGE 16

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