South Scotland

Ecclefechan motorway drug haul discovered after tip-off

A74(M) motorway Image copyright Colin Pyle
Image caption The drugs were seized on the A74(M) motorway in Dumfries and Galloway

A court has heard how a tip-off to police led to the seizure of cocaine with a street value of up to £68,000 in a car on the A74(M) near Ecclefechan.

Faheem Akhtar, 35, from Glasgow, admitted being concerned in supplying the drug in April last year.

Dumfries Sheriff Court heard how police found the drugs in the car, along with almost £20,000 and €5,000 in the roof lining.

Sheriff Brian Mohan deferred sentence for a month for background reports.

The court heard how police had received information that the car would be heading north through Dumfries and Galloway.

They had set up a surveillance operation before stopping the car and recovering the drugs.

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