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Former soldier in Fife jailed for drug dealing

A former soldier from Fife who was caught with more than £600,000 of drugs has been jailed for four years.

Calum McIntosh, 25, from Dunfermline, previously pleaded guilty to drug supply charges after being arrested on 10 June 2016.

McIntosh said he became involved in drug dealing after suffering "serious injuries" in a car crash.

He took cocaine to "block out" the memories of being in a crash with a group of friends in 2013.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how McIntosh was arrested after officers searched his home and recovered £500,000 worth of heroin, cocaine, amphetamine, diazepam and cannabis.

Addiction issues

Lady Scott told him: "The court has heard how the drugs which you had in your possession had a maximum value of more than £654,000.

"You are clearly not at the bottom of the chain so I must impose a significant custodial sentence.

"However, I must balance this with the fact that you are here because of your addiction issues.

"The sentence of this court is four years. Had you not pleaded guilty and you were convicted following trial, the sentence would have been six years."

Defence advocate Michael Anderson told the court: "He was involved in a car accident in 2013 with a group of friends and he sustained quite serious injuries.

"The consequence of his involvement in the accident resulted in his uses of alcohol and cocaine spiralling out of control quite quickly.

"It would appear the reason he took the drugs was to block out what happened in the accident."

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