A Dundee man who provided a “safe house” for drug dealers has been locked up for two years.
Sean Robertson, 31, of Earn Crescent, Menzieshill, had previously admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine.
Sentence at Dundee Sheriff Court had been deferred for background reports.
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael said that although the report was “pretty positive”, there was no alternative to a prison sentence.
Robertson admitted that he had a total of 52.38 grams of the Class A drug in a bag at Granton Terrace on March 3 last year.
He also had a further 13.15 grams of cocaine, which was mixed with benzocaine.
The haul had a potential street value of £6,500.
The court was told he was providing a “safe house” for dealers to whom he had racked up a drug debt.
Solicitor Michael Short said that Robertson was a “normal family man” who had taken the wrong road after suffering the loss of his grandparents.
He added: “This is a man who has a good job.
“He is a responsible person but he took to drugs and got himself into debt.
“The people in this business saw an easy mark and targeted that easy mark.
“He understands the effects drugs have on the community and he is someone who is worth making the effort for.
“I’d submit that a period of supervision with unpaid work and a restriction of liberty order would give him a focus and serve the community better than a short-term prison sentence.”
Sheriff Carmichael told Robertson he had taken into account everything positive that had been said on his behalf.
However, he said he came to the conclusion that only a custodial sentence would be appropriate.
The sheriff added: “This was a serious matter, supplying cocaine.
“The report was pretty positive and the information given to me shows you are a responsible person.
“But it concerns me that as such you took the route you did.”