CULLODEN cocaine dealer Liam Munro has been jailed for 15 months after being caught with £6000 worth of the class A drug.
He appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court for sentencing and, despite a desperate plea by his defence solicitor Graham Mann, the 30-year-old was sent to prison.
Munro was charged with being concerned in the supply of cocaine and pleaded guilty earlier, with his sentence deferred for background reports.
Mr Mann insisted his client had confessed to the crime at the earliest opportunity.
He also stressed that Munro, from Macgillivray Court in Culloden, only had the cocaine for personal use while giving some away to friends and only sold it to his pals in return for very small amounts of money. He said: “Police say he never made it on their radar and that they don’t come across him in this environment of the drug world at all.
“He takes full responsibility for the offence and tells me he was using one-and-a-half to two ounces a month himself.”
Munro admitted the offence at an earlier hearing where the court learned police had obtained a warrant to search the family house at Macgillivray Court on September 8 last year.
They found a mobile phone and a bank card with traces of white powder on it.
However, two days later, police on mobile patrol spotted Munro walking down a lane near Smithton shops in Culloden and stopped him.
He ran off and tried to throw away a small black pouch but the officers caught him and a subsequent analysis of the contents of the pouch revealed three plastic bags containing narcotics.
Tests showed that one bag had 7.39g of cocaine which was worth between £350 to £700. The second bag contained 50.5g of cocaine valued at between £2500 and £5000 while the third bag with 3.46g of cocaine was said to be worth £100.
Mr Mann told the court: “These drugs were contained in one bag, he had no intention to break them down into small quantities.
“He says he had them [drugs] in his possession for some time.”
Mr Mann added of Munro: “He admits to use of cannabis on a daily basis but four months ago he began abstaining from cocaine addiction.
“He is someone who appears today to be suitably anxious about appearing in court.
“He understands the complete gravity of the offence but he is not a drug trafficker.
“He was sharing the drugs at that time.
“My client also complied in the police interview.
“He is physically fit to carry out work for community pay back programme requirements, should you see fit to deal with it.
“He would take full advantage of a community payback order.
“And he is also applying for work with a family-run taxi business in Inverness.”
Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald dismissed Mr Mann’s bid for freedom for Munro and said: “This is a serious offence.
“You have pleaded guilty to supplying a class A drug – and a significant amount – and because of the nature there’s no alternative but to impose a custodial sentence.
“I am going to impose a sentence of 15 months.
“This is discounted from 20 months taking into account everything said by your solicitor on your behalf and also your time of good behaviour since the offence came to light.”