Courier and dealer jailed over £200k cocaine handover in Glasgow
A drugs courier and a dealer caught with £200,000 worth of cocaine in Glasgow have been jailed.
Police swooped as Ian Matthews, 37, handed over the drugs to 54-year-old Thomas Cairns in the city's Tollcross area last July.
When the cocaine was analysed, it was found to have a purity of 82%.
Cairns, from Tollcross, was jailed for 43 months at the High Court in Glasgow, while Matthews, from Paisley, was sentenced to 40 months.
Judge Lord Burns told the men: "You both pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug, cocaine, over one day. It was a substantial amount with a high purity."
The court had heard how former offshore worker Matthews got into debt through his own drug use after losing his job.
His defence counsel Jennifer Bain said: "His habit continued with no income to pay for it. His debt level spiralled out of control.
"He was asked to deliver a package and told he would receive a payment towards his debt."
Following the handover, police arrested Cairns outside his flat.
The cocaine was found wrapped in packages inside a bag which Matthews had given him.
Police seized a number of drug-related items from Cairns' home including cash, scales and drug debt lists.