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Inverness supplier to wait to learn fate

By Ali Morrison

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An Inverness drug dealer is to be assessed for an addiction treatment order before being sentenced.

A background report had been prepared on 40-year-old Michelle Ancell, formerly of Lower Kessock Street, and now of Bridgend Court, Bathgate after she previously admitted at Inverness Sheriff Court being concerned in the supply of heroin.

Defence solicitor Marc Dickson told Sheriff Margaret Neilson that social workers had suggested Ancell may be a candidate for a drug treatment and testing order.

Sheriff Neilson agreed to defer sentence until July 6 to obtain an initial assessment.

The court had earlier been told that police received a tip-off about a car carrying drugs. Officers stopped the vehicle near Kiltarlity on March 7, 2019 and discovered heroin worth up to

In the Renault Kadjar were three people, including Ancell.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir told the court that on the way to the police station in Inverness, Ancell told officers: “I’ve got some kit in my bra.”

A foil wrap was later recovered, as well as two packages containing bags of the narcotic.

Mr Weir said: “The value is estimated at between £2880 and £8160. It is accepted there is no suggestion that Ancell was the controlling mind, orchestrator or architect of these events.”

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