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Aberdeen 'drugs delivery dad' jailed for 39 months

A father who agreed to courier drugs in Aberdeen in an attempt to protect his son has been jailed for 39 months.

John McKay, 47, took £300 to a dealer's door after hearing his son was being threatened over debts, the High Court in Edinburgh heard.

However the cash was not enough. McKay agreed to make a drugs delivery but was caught with cocaine worth up to £131,750.

McKay admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine in June.

Police had been watching as he went into a block of flats in Aberdeen's Headland Court.

'No benefit'

They saw McKay carry out a black package and go to a nearby disused railway line where he appeared anxious and unsure and was constantly looking round.

Defence advocate David Moggach said McKay took money to the dealer "in an attempt to stave off anything happening" after hearing that his 24-year-old addict son was being threatened.

Judge Lord Brailsford told him: "Your role was at the lower end of the scale and that role was being performed in a way which had no direct benefit to you."

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