A drug courier who was caught with cocaine worth nearly £160,000 has been jailed for 32 months.
Liyapa Sikazwe was a passenger in a car that was intercepted by police near Stonehaven, on the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee.
Police recovered a supermarket carrier bag from the vehicle containing almost two and a quarter kilos of cocaine.
Two kilos of the Class A drug were heavily cut with the bulking agent benzocaine, but the smaller amount was 66% pure cocaine.
The 20-year-old, formerly of Logie Place, Aberdeen, earlier admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine on January 29.
Advocate depute Jim Keegan QC told the High Court in Edinburgh that Sikazwe had been acting as a courier for the
consignment of Class A drugs seized by the police.
He said that on the day of the offence, police received a tip-off that Sikazwe was involved in drug supply and a decision was taken to set up surveillance on him.
He was seen being picked up in Portland Street, in Aberdeen, by a woman and driven to Dundee before going on to Glenrothes.
As they returned north they stopped at a petrol station in Dundee and a carrier bag was seen in car, partially hidden by clothing.
After the car was stopped, Sikazwe and the driver were taken to Kittybrewster Police Station and searched.
Sikazwe had £381 on him and packages of drugs were found in the bag.
Defence counsel Gareth Jones said Sikazwe realised what he had done was wrong and has expressed remorse.
Judge Lord Kinclaven told him that as he had been acting as courier of Class A drugs, custody was appropriate.
Lord Kinclaven told him he would have faced a four-year prison term if he had not pleaded guilty.