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Fort William man who threw drugs from car jailed

High Court in Edinburgh
Image caption Andrew Greenwood was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh

A hotel manager who threw packages of cocaine from his car after police followed him because of his vehicle's noisy exhaust has been jailed.

Police in Fort William later recovered drugs with a potential street value of £50,000 ditched by Andrew Greenwood.

The 41-year-old, from Fort William, admitted to being concerned in the supply of cocaine last November.

He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison after a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Judge Lord Emslie said there was no alternative to a custodial sentence for the offence.

He told Greenwood: "You were caught red-handed by the police throwing packages away as your car was stopped for a routine check.

"Any involvement in the supply of Class A drugs is a matter of which this court has to take a serious view."

At the High Court in Glasgow last month, Gerry Sweeney, defending, said Greenwood had been under "extreme financial pressure" at the time of the offence.

The court was told it was accepted that he had been acting as a courier.

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