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Court / Drugs courier jailed for two years

A DRUGS courier from Fife who took class A drugs to Shetland which were potentially worth more than £10,000 was jailed for two years at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Adam Bett pleaded guilty to being involved in the supply of heroin and cocaine at an address in Lerwick on 5 May last year.

The 39-year-old attended court via videolink from prison where he is serving a sentence for another offence.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told the court how police executed a search warrant at the address after having received information that Bett had arrived off the ferry that morning.

Police arrived when the drugs were in the process of being prepared for distribution. Officers seized 54.88 grams of heroin, worth £3,600 if broken down to the smallest quantity, and 60.22 grams of cocaine with a potential street value of up to £6,850.

Defence solicitor Alistair Murphy told the court that his client had been suffering from a lifetime addiction to heroin.

He said Bett, of Ballingry, was well aware from his own experience of how damaging drugs are for their users and communities.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank said to mark the gravity of the offences he had little choice but to impose a custodial sentence.

He jailed Bett for 24 months for the supply of heroin and 15 months for the second charge which relates to the supply of cocaine. Both prison terms will run concurrently.

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