Stirling drug dealer called police to arrest him
A drug dealer called the police and gave them his own description before handing himself in, a court has heard.
Alexander Lafferty, 19, rang Central Scotland Police and described a drug dealer operating near the Raploch Community Campus.
Stirling Sheriff Court heard that when officers arrived Lafferty was there waiting for them. He later told police he wanted to be jailed due to stress.
Sheriff Wyllie Robertson remanded him in custody for reports.
Prosecutor Ann Orr said an operator at the force's Stirling headquarters received the call from a man who said he wanted to report a drug dealer, who turned out to be himself.
The depute fiscal said: "He said he wanted to report that there was a male near the Raploch Community Campus with a bag of 500 Valium tablets and was selling them.
"He gave a description of a male wearing a grey jumper and a blue top."
The court was told that officers went to the campus on Drip Road in Stirling, and found Lafferty standing in a doorway, wearing a grey jumper and blue Adidas T-shirt and holding a bag containing 15 blue tablets.
End Quote Frazer McCready Defending
It is probably the easiest case that Central Scotland Police have ever had to solve”
Mrs Orr said he was searched and police found 33 smaller bags on his person, containing another 485 tablets.
The court heard the tablets were later tested and confirmed to be 500 Valium tablets with an estimated street value of £500.'Hunners' of stress
Miss Orr said that during a police interview Lafferty had confirmed he had called the police, saying he wanted them to come and search him, and that he had done so with the intention of "getting the jail or a remand at least".
He said he wanted to be jailed due to stress, and when he was asked what was causing that he said "hunners of different things".
Appearing from custody, Lafferty from Raploch in Stirling, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.
Frazer McCready, defending, said: "He phoned the police and told them about a drug dealer, and it was him.
"It is probably the easiest case that Central Scotland Police have ever had to solve."
Mr McCready told Sheriff Wyllie Robertson: "He tells me he wanted to be sent to Polmont (Young Offenders' Institution) and I told him your Lordship would be glad to oblige."
Sheriff Robertson deferred sentence for a criminal justice report and psychiatric reports. He told Lafferty he would be remanded in custody until 19 November.
Lafferty replied "Excellent. Thank you Sir", before being led to the cells.