An Aberdeen man has been jailed for 16 months after being caught dealing heroin and cocaine worth thousands of pounds from his flat in the city.
Michael Cheyne, 36, appeared in the dock at Aberdeen Sheriff Court after admitting his role in the illegal enterprise.
Police swooped on his property on Roslin Street last January after discovering by chance that Cheyne’s accomplice, Liverpool man Dylan Armstrong, had heroin in his possession when they found him lying injured.
Fiscal John Richardson said: “Police were called to a report of a disturbance and when they found Armstrong they also found a brown substance in his bag.
“They then conducted a search of Cheyne and found he had a substance wrapped in a paper receipt inside his trouser pocket.”
Officers then searched the flat the two shared and seized £950 worth of heroin and £4,150 worth of cocaine.
Cheyne later admitted charges of being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine between January 18 and January 19 last year.
Defence agent, Les Green, claimed his client initially only allowed Armstrong to live with him on the condition that no drugs were to be kept in, or dealt from, the flat.
He added: “He was adamant there was to be no selling of drugs from there, but when police arrived at the property the drugs were thrust at my client to do something with them.
“He hid them in the bedroom and that was the first knowledge he had of there being drugs in the flat.”
Nonetheless, he added: “The wrap he had was in return for allowing his co-accused to stay in the flat.”
Sheriff William Summers said a spell behind bars was the “only appropriate sentence” in the circumstances – and noted that the accused had a similar previous conviction from 2007.