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Drug dealer “shocked” to learn stash was worth £90,000

Aberdeen Sheriff Court
Aberdeen Sheriff Court

A court heard yesterday that a drug dealer who was found covered in white powder in his own flat was “shocked” to learn his stash was worth more than £90,000.

Police raided Anthony Scott Newman’s flat in Rosehill Avenue, Aberdeen on October 22 last year and discovered the haul.

Resigned to his fate, Newman said: “I’m going to jail” to officers as they found bags full of cocaine, speed and cannabis.

Fiscal depute Laura Begg told Aberdeen Sheriff Court: “A search warrant was executed at the locus. The accused was the tenant. He was located in the property by officers. His hands and arms were covered in white powder.

“Officers also found a large bin containing white powder. There were also two females there. He was detained and told the officers that he was to blame.

“He told them he was only mixing it to pay off debts. When they told him he was under caution, he said ‘I’m going to jail’. A quantity of drugs was recovered.”

In total, more than 5,300g of amphetamine was found. Drug analysts said that if it was broken down to the correct purity, it would have a street value of £86,250.

Cannabis was found separated into eleven different bags and analysts agreed that it could have been sold on in street deals for up to £5,025.

Cocaine was also found but the quantity and value was not revealed in court.

Ms Begg added: “When police first entered, a piece of paper was thrown from the window. When it was recovered, it was revealed it was a debt letter.

“A mobile phone was also taken which had messages suggesting drug-dealing activity including texts saying ‘have you got weed’ and ‘do you want weed’.”

Newman, 25, of Rosehill Avenue in Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine, speed and cannabis.

Defence agent Peter Shepherd said: “He gave an enormous interview in which he admitted how he had got into debt.

“He caused the police no difficulties when they searched the property. He knows what is going to happen to him. He had a partner and a young child. He was shocked to hear how much the drugs were actually worth. He thought it was a lot less.”

Sheriff Graham Napier told Newman: “These are very serious matters.”

He sentenced him to 32 months in prison.

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