Tayside and Central Scotland

Drug courier caught with £100,000 of heroin

A drugs courier is facing jail after high-purity heroin worth up to £100,000 was found under a seat in his car.

John McCormack was caught after police were tipped off that he would be arriving in Dundee with drugs being brought from Glasgow.

The 30-year-old, from Glasgow, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs.

Sentence was deferred until next month and McCormack was released on bail in the meantime.

The court heard that police saw McCormack hide two packages under the front seat as they approached his black Volkswagen Golf on 3 February this year.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court the heroin he was found with was almost twice as strong as that normally found in Tayside.

Previous convictions

She said: "The vehicle was searched and two brown packages were found under the front seat.

"The packages contained a total of 503.4g of heroin valued at £50,340 if divided into 'tenner bags'.

"However, the purity was 19% - twice as pure as the average heroin in Tayside. It would be capable of being bulked out with a maximum street value of up to £100,000."

McCormack has previous convictions for assault and possession of cocaine.

Craig Grimes, defending, said: "He is aware of the likely ultimate disposal in this case.

"He is the main carer for his parents and arrangements will have to be made for them."

Sheriff Alistair Carmichael deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports.

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