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Shetland drug courier Simon McDonald jailed

A heroin courier who tried to smuggle drugs with an estimated street value of £20,000 into Shetland has been jailed.

Simon McDonald, 37, of Aberdeen, was arrested by police acting on a tip-off when he disembarked from a ferry in Lerwick in November.

He admitted being concerned in the supply of 140g (5oz) of heroin.

Sheriff Graeme Napier jailed him for 40 months. Lerwick Sheriff Court heard Mc Donald, a heroin user who had debts, had been forced to carry the drugs.

A gun had been held against his head while the packages were inserted into his body.

McDonald had then been told to travel to Lerwick, meet someone in the town and not to return until the drugs had been sold.

Sheriff Napier said it was one of the largest amounts of heroin he had dealt with since becoming a sheriff for the Northern Isles.

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