An Inverness drug addict received £60 worth of narcotics each day in exchange for allowing a Liverpool dealer to operate out of his house.
But the supplier was making up to £2,000 a day selling the illegal substances drugs in the Highlands, Inverness Sheriff Court was told.
Police investigating organised drugs gangs were watching 43 year old Gavin MacBeath and his former co-accused Cory Gibson from the Merseyside city in February, 2017.
Officers saw MacBeath of Bridgeview Drive, Inverness, coming and going from a house in Jamaica Court, Inverness with several known drug users.
Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Gibson was inside when drug handovers were being carried out by MacBeath.
Yesterday, he appeared for sentence before Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald who jailed him for 14 months after admitting being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin.
She told him: “These were significant amounts of drugs involved and there is no doubt you were being used by others.”
When police moved in on the pair, they also raided a house in nearby Nelson Street where Gibson was then located. He ran off, throwing away a bag containing £5,360-£6,660 worth of heroin and cocaine.
MacBeath later told police he was paid £50-£60 worth of heroin a day if he allowed a member of the Liverpool drugs gang to use his house to sell heroin and cocaine.
He also admitted helping to split the drugs into deals, handing them over to customers and then giving the money to Gibson.
In March this year, 21-year-old Gibson was jailed for 18 months at Inverness Sheriff Court for dealing in the two Class A narcotics.
Defence solicitor Marc Dickson said his client had been drug addicted for 20 to 25 years and his use spiralled when he had “a whole number of life difficulties.
“He was approached by an individual and he allowed his house to be used as a base. He has now lost that tenancy.”