A Fraserburgh man was arrested after selling Class A substances to undercover police officers who had swooped on the town to tackle its drug problem.
Michael Taylor pleaded guilty to supplying heroin and crack cocaine to the officers on August 6 and August 7 last year when he appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday.
The 39-year-old was snared as part of a covert crackdown, entitled Operation Corner, during which police specialists investigated the town’s drug scene and were pointed in his direction.
When one officer turned up at his home on Anderson Court, Taylor supplied him with the illicit substances.
Fiscal, Gavin Letford, said: “The accused was identified as part of a police investigation known as Operation Corner.
“During July and August last year, undercover officers were deployed to Fraserburgh and, through speaking to locals, were told to visit Taylor’s address to source drugs.
“An officer went into the property and said he wanted to purchase diamorphine and crack cocaine, and was given wraps of both after presenting cash.
“He did the same thing the next day, again receiving wraps of the two drugs.”
Sheriff Morag McLaughlin agreed to defer sentence until next month to allow for the preparation of social work reports.
Last month, a north-east man who lost both his legs to heroin was been jailed after being collared during the same operation.
David Strachan was tricked into supplying the Class A drug to officers who were investigating links between local dealers and English crime gangs.
The 41-year-old, of Moray Road, was sent to prison for a year.
Weeks ago it emerged that more than 2,100 people have been charged with drug offences in the north-east in the past year.
Initiatives such as Operation Corner were praised for playing an important part in the drugs crackdown.