Paisley Daily Express


Crook was selling Class-A substance


A Paisley drug dealer was caught red- handed after cops mounted a sophistica­ted surveillan­ce operation.

Jordan Souness Dur rant Cummings, 32, was busted after running a heroin-dealing business from his flat in the town.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard police set up observatio­n on his property in the town’s Douglas Street, where they documented comings and goings at the flat.

Cops also used an unmarked car to tail and stop drivers who had visited Cummings to buy Class-A substances.

Procurator fiscal depute David McDonald told the court police tailed a black Vauxhall Vectra after it left the property on August 6 last year.

He said: “Police in an unmarked car followed the male motorist into Brown Street where the driver

removed a large bag of brown powder, which he shook violently from the window causing the bag to burst and the brown powder to spill into Brown Street.

“Two grams of the powder remained in the bag, which had burst.”

The following day cops rec o rded another four transactio­ns taking place at Cummings’ address.

The fiscal said Cummings was spotted making “hand-to-hand transactio­ns” with another man on August 12 in the street outside.

Mr McDonald said: “The accused was observed handing items to the male motorist in the front of a Vauxhall Corsa.

“When the male was stopped for the purposes of a drugs search, he replied ‘I have got a bit in my boxers.’.”

Cops recorded another drugs transactio­n taking place at the property on August 18.

However, the court heard cops sprung their trap on August 28, when the same driver of the Vauxhall Vectra showed up at the flat to buy even more drugs.

Mr McDonald said undercover officers “overhead discussion­s” between Cummings and “the same male from August 6.”

He added: “He was stopped for the purpose of a drugs search and a bag of brown powder was recovered. The male replied ‘ I have just got it. It was a personal amount.’”

Cops got their search warrant and swooped on the flat.

They recovered more than £ 1,100 in cash, a number of mobile phones, including a blue Nokia - which Cummings was observed using - and a white polythene bag with the corner cut off.

Cummings appeared in the dock before Sheriff Bruce Erroch and pleaded guilty to a charge of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug, namely heroin, a Class-A substance, on dates between August 6 and 28 last year.

Defence agent Bob Mitchell said his client had never served a custodial sentence and was admitting responsibi­lity.

He said he would reserve his submission­s on behalf of Cummings until after the court had obtained background reports in preparatio­n for sentencing.

Sheriff Erroch told him: “I will defer sentencing to obtain a Criminal Justice Social Work Report and a Restrictio­n of Liberty Assessment. It is a case where reports will be beneficial and all options are open to me.”

Cummings will appear back at court on July 2.

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