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Drugs found in Inverness flat after suicide call

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Police were called to a flat in Academy Street.
Police were called to a flat in Academy Street.

POLICE recovered a stash of drugs when they were called to attend a city centre address where a man was threatening to commit suicide.

Daniel Slinger had contacted police and an ambulance and police officers immediately attended at his flat in Academy Street, Inverness, on the evening of April 17 last year.

Depute fiscal David Morton told Inverness Sheriff Court that the officers found Slinger alone within the city centre property.

However, they also saw a quantity of drug paraphernalia and a green herbal substance lying in open view on the kitchen worktop in the flat.

Slinger (24) now of Carn Gorm Terrace, Inverness, was immediately detained by the officers under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

A search warrant was subsequently obtained and a more systematic search of the property followed.

Mr Morton told Sheriff Margaret Neilson that Slinger made various comments to police officers claiming the drugs were for personal use.

However, he then also told them: “I sell it at £15 a gram, otherwise I’ll be dead.”

Cannabis totalling 185 grams with a potential street value of up to £1455 was recovered in various tubs from various rooms within the property.

Police also recovered a quantity of cash, a set of loose scales and notebooks containing notes that were consistent with Slinger being concerned in the supply of cannabis, a class B drug.

Slinger’s mobile phone was also seized and subsequently analysed.

“It was found to contain text messages consistent with him being involved in the supply of the drug,” Mr Morton said.

“One message said: “I’ve never had a drug deal as easy as that. There was actually no point panicking at all.’”

Slinger pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis between January and April last year.

Defence solicitor Shahid Latif said background reports on his client would be needed before sentencing.

He told the court he would reserve his plea in mitigation until that report was available to the court.

Sheriff Neilson deferred sentence for reports on Slinger until November 21.

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