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Man avoids prison over £10,000 cocaine haul in Inverness

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Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

A man has avoided a prison sentence after a police raid seized cocaine worth more than £10,000 from a house in Inverness.

Officers found the class A drug, which had a street value of £10,150, at a property in Aird Avenue on June 17, 2022. Cash totalling £2130 was also found.

John Macdonald (31) was sentenced at Inverness Sheriff Court last week in connection with the haul after earlier admitting possession with intent to supply.

Macdonald (31), of Inshes Holdings in Inverness, was sentenced to 225 hours of community service, which must be completed within 12 months.

The sheriff court previously heard that police carrying out the raid in Aird Avenue found an ID card belonging to Macdonald in a jacket in the house.

Fiscal depute Naomi Duffy-Welsh told Sheriff Ian Cruickshank that Macdonald was not present during the initial search but arrived afterwards.

He was told the reason for the search and drugs had been found.

"He asked what was recovered and said: 'Where was it? In the bedroom? That's personal," Ms Duffy-Welsh said.

In total, 102.16 grams of the Class A narcotic was discovered, most of it in a tool bag in a shed.

Defence solicitor advocate Clare Russell referred to an analogous offence.

Ms Russell told the Sheriff: "The conviction of 2016 will give the court some concern but it was dealt with by a non-custodial sentence."

Sentence was deferred until last week for a background report and a restriction of liberty order assessment.

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