Drugs courier Darren Moore jailed for 40 months

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A drugs courier who was caught with £200,000 of heroin and cocaine has been jailed for 40 months.

Darren Moore from East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, admitted being concerned in the supply of the drugs in March.

The High Court in Glasgow heard the 21-year-old had agreed to transfer the drugs from Liverpool to Scotland to pay off gambling debts.

He was caught when police, acting on a tip off, stopped the car he was driving on the A74 at Ecclefechan.

They searched the vehicle and found a grey bag under the driver's seat which contained three bags of cocaine and four bags of heroin.

The court was told the maximum street value of the cocaine was £74,550 and the heroin was worth £129,510.

Jailing him, judge Lord Bracadale told Moore: "You were acting as a courier for large quantities of drugs. The couriers who are caught must expect significant prison sentences.

"I accept you did this because you ended up with a gambling addiction and large debts."

Lord Bracadale said that, but for Moore's early plea of guilty, he would have jailed him for five years.

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