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Man remanded after drugs found on ferry

The Hrossey boat. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

A MAN from Lerwick who was found on the NorthLink ferry with £2,500 worth of cannabis has been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing later this month.

Ian Mutch, of St Olaf St, appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to admit being concerned in the supplying of the class B drug on the Hrossey on Monday (3 October) as it travelled from Aberdeen to Shetland.

The 25 year old also admitted stealing a rucksack from a shared cabin on the boat on the same day.

Procurator fiscal Keith Adam said in a brief narration that Mutch had been seen in possession of the rucksack on the boat’s CCTV system.

He told the court that when the bag was found it contained 150 grams of herbal cannabis.

Adam added that Mutch had a “lengthy history of dishonesty” and had only been released from prison in September.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client had an “unusual set of personal difficulties” which would merit social work reports being prepared ahead of sentencing.

Honorary sheriff Arnold Duncan took into account Mutch’s previous convictions and the nature of the charges in front of him and decided against Allan’s request for bail.

The case was adjourned for reports until 25 October, with Mutch remanded in the meantime.