A 16-year-old boy who was caught on the train to Oban with 42 ecstasy tablets avoided jail yesterday.
The teenager appeared at the town’s sheriff court for sentencing. He previously pleaded guilty to being in possession of the drug with intent to supply at Connel Ferry Railway Station on February 11.
Fiscal Eoin McGinty said: “Police received intelligence that the accused would be travelling to Oban from Glasgow and may be in possession of drugs.
“Officers attended at Connel Ferry station, boarded the train and saw the accused.
“He was informed he would be searched and 42 ecstasy tablets were found on his person. He admitted there and then that they were ecstasy.
“He was interviewed and stated he previously bought 50 tablets for £300 and it was his intention to sell them on for £10 each.
“There were a number of ‘Gold Ferraris’, a ‘Blue Audi’ and a selection of green tablets known as ‘Sponge Bobs’.”
Sheriff John Herald told the boy: “Anybody who is charged with possession of a class A drug with intent to supply generally goes to prison.
“You are fortunate, I am taking into account your age and the terms of the background report. I consider that I can just about avoid sending you to prison today.”
He was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and placed on an offenders supervision order for a year.