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Former heroin addict allowed Inverness home to be used for drug dealing

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

A man who allowed his house to be used for supplying heroin turned a blind eye so he could get the narcotic to feed his own habit.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that Jan Lastovka (45) was frightened of a man who approached him to allow the enterprise to be masterminded from his property.

Lastovka previously appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court and admitted the April 12, 2022 offence, as well as possessing the Class A narcotic at his Waterloo Place, Inverness, flat.

Sentence had been deferred for a background report which Sheriff Gary Aitken read before sentencing Lastovka.

Defence solicitor Rory Gowans told the court: "He was down on his luck, living in B&B accommodation and drifted into heroin addiction on and off over the last six years.

"He didn't know the man as he appeared out of the blue and he was fearful of him. He turned a blind eye for heroin to feed his addiction."

Sheriff Aitken commented: "These people prey on people like your client."

Mr Gowans agreed and added: "Happily he is now 15 months clean of substances and is actively looking for work."

The sheriff ordered Lastovka to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community work and placed him under a year of social work supervision.

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