Glasgow & West Scotland

Shettleston man faces jail over £200,000 cocaine haul

A Glasgow man is facing a lengthy prison term after being caught with more than £200,000 of cocaine.

A court heard that Francis Griffin, from the Shettleston area, stored drugs in his car and home last year after running up a £250 council tax debt.

The 48-year-old admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine and was remanded in custody.

At the High Court in Glasgow, sentencing of the first offender was deferred until 29 September.

Judge Lord Bonomy told Griffin to expect a "significant custodial sentence".

Police were acting on a tip-off when they caught Griffin while he was driving in Baillieston. Searches of his Vauxhall Astra and his home found a drugs haul with a potential street value of £201,630.

Prosecutor Sheena Fraser described some of the drugs as being "of high quality", with a purity of 56%.

Defending, Ann Ogg said Griffin had agreed to use his home as a safe house after running up his council tax debt and other arrears.

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