Prison sentence for heroin courier
A drug courier who was caught in Edinburgh with heroin with a street value of up to £144,000 has been jailed for four and a half years.
Barry Dullaghan, 22, was caught in a police chase after he was seen getting out of a taxi in Ferry Road.
They found nearly one and a half kilos of heroin in a rucksack during a search.
Dullaghan earlier admitted being concerned in the supply of the Class A drug on 18 March 2010.
Dullaghan, from Glasgow, had been released early from a previous 28-month prison term for offences including assault and was on licence at the time of the latest crime.
A judge at the High Court in Edinburgh ordered that he should serve eight months of the unexpired part of the earlier sentence before he starts his latest jail term.
Lord Hardie told him: "You have an unenviable record, mainly for crimes of violence. In this case you were apprehended when you attempted to run away and were effectively caught red-handed.
"It is said you yourself had incurred debts in relation to drugs so I don't imagine it is necessary to tell you what the effects of the abuse of controlled drugs are in our society."
The judge told Dullaghan that he would have faced a six-year sentence for the heroin, but for his guilty plea.
Advocate depute Alastair Carmichael said the case was part of a larger surveillance operation dubbed Valance which was set up to investigate the supply of hard drugs in Edinburgh.
Dullaghan was not the centre of the operation but police got information about the drugs transaction in Ferry Road. He was seen to get out of the taxi and meet another man.
Mr Carmichael said police approached and both men ran off, but officers ran after Dullaghan and caught him.