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Ex-soldier William Whyte jailed for 'warehousing' cocaine

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Image caption Police found about £17,000 worth of cocaine at William Whyte's house in West Lothian

A former soldier who was caught "warehousing" drugs at his West Lothian home has been jailed for 40 months.

William Whyte, 39, was at his house in Addiewell when police arrived with a search warrant.

Officers seized half a kilo of cocaine, worth about £17,000, along with 14 kilos of benzocaine, which is commonly used to cut the Class A drug.

Whyte earlier admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine on 16 and 17 May at his home.

Defence solicitor advocate Ewen Roy said Whyte had struggled with depression for years, and that his drink and drug use had spiraled out of control.

He had become involved in holding the drugs for another individual to try to help clear a debt.

Mr Roy said Whyte had formerly served with the Royal Scots, which included tours of duty in Northern Ireland and the first Gulf War.

He said his client regretted his involvement and accepted that a custodial sentence was inevitable.

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