Apr 6 2012 Lennox Herald (main ed)
DOZY Robert Swallow carried out a drug transaction in a Dumbarton street – right in front of two plain clothes police officers.
Cops spotted Swallow with a polythene bag in his hand as he spoke with another man in Castlehill.
When the cops approached, Swallow ran off but was quickly caught and the bag, with 16 wraps of cocaine inside, was recovered.
Police also found another two wraps of the class A drug in the garden in which Swallow had been standing.
Last week the 30-year-old, of Caledonia Terrace in Brucehill, appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court and admitted having the drugs with intent to supply in Blackburn Crescent on March 18 last year.
Fiscal depute Sarah Healing told the court the cocaine was analysed by the specialist police drugs unit and the wraps varied in weight between 0.69 grams and 0.77 grams.
She added: “It is the opinion of the unit that these are under-weight one gram deals and would be sold for approximately £40 each.
“It is common that one gram deals are sold on the illicit market in under-weight values.”
Scott Adair, defending, said: “Mr Swallow had just bought the drugs from another gentleman when police arrived.
“The majority of it would have been used by himself and the rest sold to friends and acquaintances to pay for what at the time was an increasing addiction to cocaine.
“He had been out of trouble for a substantial period of time, five years or so. Over that period of time he had become increasingly dependent on cocaine. That increased because of the death of two relatives, the separation from his partner and difficulties having contact with his children.
“He has made substantial efforts to turn all that around. He is now starting to address with his ex-partner that ability to have contact. That’s because his ex-partner has been able to identify that he has started to identify his difficulty with cocaine.
“He was spending £70 to £80 a day and that has been greatly restricted because of the work he has done himself with his GP.”
Sheriff Simon Fraser told Swallow: “I don’t have a policy on drugs but if someone appears in front of me for dealing class A drugs there’s got to be something very exceptional to save them from custody. There is nothing exceptional in your case.”
Swallow was jailed for seven months.