Mar 9 2012 by kbarrSUN, Lennox Herald (main ed)
A BRUCEHILL man who stashed almost £12k of amphetamine in his mum’s house has been jailed.
John O’Neill, 47, was caught with four quarter kilo bags of “sulph” in his bedroom and seven wraps of the drug stuffed in the freezer when police raided the house in Keil Crescent.
O’Neill claimed he was set to pass the bags onto pals and the rest was for “personal use”.
At Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week he admitted being concerned in the supply of amphetamine at the address in Brucehill on June 23 last year.
Fiscal depute Malcolm McLeod said police had gone to the house – where O’Neill stays with his mother – with a search warrant and recovered the wraps from the freezer.
When questioned the accused told police it was “sulph”.
A roll of cling film bags was found in the kitchen.
Mr McLeod added: “On the floor between two cement bags in the accused’s bedroom there were four bags of sulphate. He indicated that they were his and that they were amphetamine.
“When interviewed by police he denied being involved or concerned in the supply of controlled drugs but indicated they were his for his personal use.”
The four bags of amphetamine weighed a quarter of a kilo and had a wholesale value of £2200 and a street value of £10,000. The seven wraps recovered from the freezer had a wholesale value of £560 and a retail value of £1820.
Mr McLeod said O’Neill’s mother didn’t seem to be aware drugs were present in the house.
The court heard that O’Neill had two previous convictions relating to amphetamine dating back to 1986 and 1992.
Scott Adair, defending, said: “It has always been Mr O’Neill’s position that the four quarter kilo bags were to be passed on to his friends. There had been a bulk purchase done by Mr O’Neill of five quarter kilo bags.
“What was left in the wraps was his own. The bags referred to were his own way of sorting out his own drugs.
“He had his own addiction difficulties at the time of this offence and was taking something in the region of half an ounce a day.”
Mr Adair urged the court to consider imposing the maximum community service.
Sheriff David Hall said: “This is a serious charge. We are talking high values for wholesale and resale and you have a record with two analogous convictions both at the high court. I’m not persuaded that the maximum probation and community service is appropriate.”
O’Neill was jailed for 10 months.