Sheriff’s warning to drug couriers

By Laura Paterson

Published: 14/01/2014

A SHERIFF issued a stern warning to anyone helping flood the Highlands with hard drugs from Merseyside by jailing a joiner’s mate for three and a half years.

Sheriff Jamie Gilchrist told David Ross yesterday: “It is extremely sad to see someone from a good family that has become involved in this kind of offence. You willingly and knowingly became involved in the supply of not one but two class A drugs to the Highlands.

“The court is well aware of the connection between Liverpool, the Highlands and the supply of drugs, and it only works if people consent to assist to transport them. A custodial sentence is the only appropriate one, as the High Court have made clear.” Ross, 28, of 19A Novar Road, Alness, was found guilty by a jury at Inverness Sheriff Court last month of being concerned in the supply of £4,000 worth of heroin and £2,400 worth of cocaine in the Alness area. He was also convicted of possessing cannabis.

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