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Courier caught in £400,000 cocaine raid

High Court in Edinburgh
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An unemployed man accepted £300 to transport cocaine worth more than £400,000 between Glasgow and Dundee, a court has heard.

Ryan Stewart, 41, was arrested after detectives acting on a tip-off searched his car in a Dundee car park in March this year.

Officers found a bag containing more than a kilo of the drug, which was found to have a purity of 80%.

Stewart, of Dundee, admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

He will be sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on 3 November.

The High Court in Edinburgh was told that cocaine seized at street level normally had a purity of 10%.

Prosecution lawyer Maryam Labaki said: "Should the 80% cocaine be cut to the average purity of 10%, it could realise 8113.6 grams, which if sold at £50 per gram would have a maximum illicit value of £405,684."

Ms Labaki said that Mr Stewart was the only person in the car at the time of his detention and was taken to Dundee's police headquarters.

Ms Labaki said: "During the interview he admitted to being paid £300 to act as a courier."

Judge Lady Scott deferred sentence on Stewart for reports.

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