A Dundee man, who had £5,000 worth of cocaine which he planned to take to Prague in the Czech Republic on a stag weekend, has been jailed for 15 months.
The sheriff court heard that Paul Connelly, 28, of Balunie Avenue, had 103.8g of the drug in his home when police officers with a warrant searched it last March.
The court heard £3,738.28 in cash was also recovered from the property, as well as scales, bags and gloves.
Connelly was not in the property at the time, but his girlfriend who also lived there was, and she was arrested.
After being interviewed by police, she was released without charge, as it transpired she knew nothing of the drugs, money, or drug paraphernalia.
Connelly was traced later the same day and detained.
He admitted that, on March 9 last year, he was concerned in supplying cocaine.
The sheriff court heard that, at the time of his arrest, he was “heavily” under the influence of drink or drugs and “unfit” for a police interview until the following day.
Connelly’s solicitor, Ann Johnson, said: “He was nominated to purchase the drug for a stag weekend in Prague, as he had purchased it before for personal use.
“It wasn’t until this offence came to light he realised he had a problem with the substance.
“His partner was oblivious to this problem.”
A social work report brought before Sheriff George Way found that Connelly did not consider the offence to be drug dealing.
Instead, he thought of it as part of his role in organising the stag do.
Sheriff Way said: “As well as the significant amount of drugs found, he also had bags, scales and paraphernalia usually used for dealing.
“It may be that was because it had to be split up, because nobody but a loon would try to take that amount of drugs into the Czech Republic, as they have a very different view of that to us, but that is all part of the parcel.
“For anyone who gets involved in possessing a Class A drug to this extent, and money, and paraphernalia, even if it is to dispense to others, there can be no alternative to custody.”