A man has been jailed for more than three years after he turned to heroin dealing because of a massive gambling debt.
William Bannon ran up the debt last year playing poker and found himself owing cash to drug dealers.
His lawyer said that led to him being “threatened with violence” before allowing his house to be used for drug dealing.
Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed told Dundee Sheriff Court that police raided the property on Strathmartine Road on December 27 last year. She said: “Officers searched the property and found plastic bags containing diamorphine (heroin).
“The weight was 275.95 grams with a maximum street value of £13,790.”
Bannon, 52, pleaded guilty on indictment to charges of being concerned in the supply of diamorphine and possessing cannabis at his flat on December 27 last year.
Solicitor Jim Caird told the court: “He is not someone who would use diamorphine in any way.
“However, he has an interest in poker and ended up with a debt arising from that.
“He was bullied and threatened if he didn’t avail his own house to the storage of these items.
“He knows the seriousness of the matter.
“However, he was under threats of violence at the time.”
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael jailed Bannon for 38 months
The sentence was reduced from four years because of his early guilty plea.