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Footballer Adam Strachan hid heroin stash in his pants

Adam Strachan Image copyright Spindrift
Image caption Midfield player Strachan is currently without a club

A footballer who was caught with £2,000 worth of heroin in his pants has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Ex-Partick Thistle, Ross County and Clydebank midfielder Adam Strachan was caught with the drug as police searched the home of his friend, Stephen Dunn.

Strachan, 27, who is currently without a club, pleaded guilty to possessing the drug in Glasgow in March last year.

As part of a community payback order, he will carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and be supervised for six months.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Dunn admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin from his flat in Maryhill. Sentence was deferred.

Passing sentence on Strachan, Sheriff Andrew Normand said: "With some reluctance I am prepared to give you the opportunity to retain your liberty and demonstrate to the court you can avoid further offending and make a positive contribution to society."

The court heard how Strachan, also from Maryhill, Glasgow, was caught with the class A drug on 26 March 2013, weeks after he had a tag removed.

He had gone to Dunn's flat unaware that police, acting under warrant, were conducting a search there.

When Strachan arrived he was searched by officers who found heroin, worth about £1,960, in his underpants.

Carrying knives

Bill McCluskey, defending Strachan, told the court the footballer had a child from a previous relationship whom he wanted to provide for.

Mr McCluskey added that Strachan was on benefits but said: "A senior club is interested in him".

Strachan was let go by his most recent club, Clydebank, after being jailed for 12 months in December 2012 for carrying knives.

He was released early in February 2013 with a tag and on a curfew, to a flat in Maryhill.

The expiry date was a month later in March, only weeks before the current offence took place.

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