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Ayr man James Jess jailed over Lockerbie motorway drugs haul

Dumfries Sheriff Court
Image caption James Jess was jailed for a total of 29 months at Dumfries Sheriff Court

A 54-year-old drugs courier found with cannabis resin with a potential street value of £300,000 has been jailed by the sheriff at Dumfries for 29 months.

James Jess, of MacAdam Place, Ayr, admitted being concerned in the supply of the drug on the A74(M) near Lockerbie last October.

A tip-off helped police find three boxes containing cannabis in a car.

The court was told Jess had agreed to take a £1,000 payment to carry the packages without knowing the contents.

Solicitor Gerry Britton said that Jess had worked for a security firm before suffering two heart attacks and ran into financial difficulties.

He had agreed to carry the packages knowing they were illegal but was not aware of the contents.

However, the task was not completed and he did not receive the cash.

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