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Aberdeen courier caught with cocaine worth £250,000 by sniffer dog Rebus

Image caption Rebus the sniffer dog discovered the drugs at Aberdeen railway station

A drug courier was caught with cocaine worth more than £250,000 in Aberdeen as he tried to avoid a police dog called Rebus, a court has heard.

George Caulfield, 32, of Chesterfield in Derbyshire, was seen acting suspiciously after spotting police at Aberdeen railway station in October last year.

Two taped packages of cocaine were found in his holdall.

Sentence at the High Court in Edinburgh was deferred for reports.

Advocate depute Murdoch MacTaggart said: "When the accused saw a constable and Rebus actively scanning passengers he shouted 'I've left my phone on the train' and turned round and walked back."

Other officers were alerted to Caulfield's behaviour and he was seen heading for another platform.

Police pursued him, and Rebus gave a positive indication that Caulfield was in possession of drugs.

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