A drug addict who was caught with more than £21,000 worth of heroin was jailed for 32 months after he admitted supplying the substance.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard Alec Marshall, 38, a prisoner at Perth, was found with £19,650 worth of the Class A drug at Dundee railway station, having transported it from Glasgow.
He was also discovered with two packages of brown powder, found to be £1,380 worth of heroin, when he stumbled in front of a police car at a later date.
Fiscal depute Stuart Duncan told the court: “Police received intelligence that the accused was in possession of a large amount of heroin on a train heading to Dundee.”
The court heard Marshall had previous convictions for drug possession and supply.
He had only been released from prison following a nine-month sentence for supplying heroin on July 27 – less than a month before committing the offence on August 17.
Solicitor Ian Houston, defending, said: “He has been addicted to heroin for 15 years. When he received the prison sentence in 2017, he had a large amount of drugs confiscated from him for which dealers have held him responsible.
“He was told if he picked up this package from Glasgow and brought it to Dundee then his debt would be wiped clean, and he would get £1,000 – essentially a profit. He was unaware how much it was but knew it was substantial.”
Two months later, in November, Marshall was again caught with the class A drug when he stumbled in front of a police car while trying to cross Charleston Drive.
He was searched and found with 31.98g of heroin, scales with trace amounts of heroin on them and small, clear, plastic bags.
Marshall admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin at Dundee railway station, and at Charleston Drive, between August 17 and November 6.