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Man jailed over Eaglesfield motorway cannabis haul

Motorway sign Image copyright Andrew Abbott
Image caption The drugs were recovered on the A74(M) earlier this year

A man caught on the A74(M) near Eaglesfield with drugs estimated to have a street value of up to £40,000 has been jailed for nearly three years.

Soon Chung, 36, originally from Malaysia, had been taking cannabis north from the Nottingham area with another man.

He admitted being concerned in the supply of the drug in January while acting with another.

He was jailed for a total of 33 months at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

Sheriff George Jamieson told him: "You have been deported from Australia and the United Kingdom and despite this you return to this country to offend.

"The main supply route for drugs coming into Scotland is the M74 and the high court has made it plain that those who are involved will be dealt with severely."

The court was told that Chung, along with another person, was to be given £1,500 for the drugs mission.

Solicitor Dominic Kearney said: "He felt he had to send money to his parents in Malaysia and he also had debts of about £9,000 in this country.

"He accepts that he will be given a custodial sentence and be deported after that."

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