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'Road trip' pair Steven Gibb and John Gorrian admit drugs haul

A man said he thought he was only on a "wee road trip" after being caught in a friend's car with drugs worth £500,000.

Steven Gibb, 20, from Falkirk, and John Gorrian, 49, from West Lothian, had cannabis and amphetamine in May 2013.

Gibb denied to police he had been drug trafficking and said he joined Gorrian on a trip in case he got "bored".

However, the pair admitted being concerned in the supply of the Class B drugs when they appeared at the High Court in Glasgow.

Judge Lord Kinclaven remanded the pair in custody and deferred sentencing for reports.

The pair had picked up the consignment next to the ground of English League One side Coventry City before being arrested on their return to Scotland.

The court heard how Gorrian picked up a hired car in Bathgate, West Lothian on 4 May 2012 and headed south with his friend Gibb.

Police tailed the vehicle to a car park at Coventry's Ricoh Arena stadium.

Gorrian initially collected a package stuffed with amphetamine from a nearby car before four boxes of cannabis were also picked up.

Cannabis debt

The pair then drove back to Scotland where they were stopped at Harthill Services at the M8 later that evening.

The drugs were discovered in the car. The cannabis had a potential value of £285,700 while the amphetamine could sell for £189,980.

Prosecutor Kath Harper said Gibb told police he had "chummed his pal called John" to England "so he wasn't bored".

Miss Harper added: "He said he just thought that he was going 'for a wee road trip' and he did not know there were any drugs in the car."

Gibb also claimed he was "shocked" when told what was inside the packages.

Gorrian, from Linlithgow, told officers he got involved after been chased-up by dealers regarding a £2,000 cannabis debt.

He said he was ordered to "do one run" to re-pay the sum and that if he did not agree his legs would be broken.

Judge Lord Kinclaven remanded the pair in custody and deferred sentencing for reports.

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