‘Social supply’ says man accused of drug dealing

Campbeltown Sheriff Court.
Campbeltown Sheriff Court.

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A man found with a quantity of herbal cannabis and cash at his home was engaged in social supply, Campbeltown Sheriff Court was told last week.

Paul Smith, of Flat B1, Big Kiln Street, admitted being concerned in the supply of the class B drug to another or others when he appeared before the court in June; Sheriff Patrick Hughes called for reports.

The court had previously heard about the incident on May 24 last year when officers on patrol ‘came across a strong smell of cannabis coming from a block of flats as they walked past’.

After obtaining a warrant, the police found 253g and another 20g of the drug.

‘As well as the herbal cannabis, they found a collection of snap bags, a set of scales and other drug dealing paraphernalia,’ said procurator fiscal depute James Dunbar.

He added that £6,115 in cash was found in the flat.

Smith’s defence agent said that the 51-year-old was involved in a not-for-profit, social supply where ‘four or five’ cannabis users pooled their money and bought a larger quantity ‘to avoid getting involved with other, younger, people’ who took drugs.

Smith had told the police that the money in his flat came from an inheritance and an insurance pay-out and his agent said there was proof of this in Smith’s bank statements.

Sheriff Hughes said there was ‘a lack of clarity’.

The case will call again in December to hear a proof in mitigation and a confiscation proof.