Tayside and Central Scotland

Drug dealer David Courtney guilty over heroin mule find

A Dundee Man has been found guilty of having more than £10,000 worth of heroin for sale, even though the drug was inside someone else's body.

David Courtney, 32, was jailed for two and a half years at Perth Sheriff Court.

He was found guilty of acting as a minder for drugs mule Amanda Fleming, 23.

The large package of Class A drugs was discovered during a full internal search of Fleming.

The duo went to Liverpool to pick up a consignment of heroin to distribute in Dundee and Fleming hid 105g of heroin.

They were stopped in a car on the way back from Liverpool.

Fleming admitted dealing heroin on the A9 Stirling to Perth road on 21 October and Courtney was found guilty of the same charge by a jury, after going to trial.

Sheriff Robert McCreadie told Courtney: "You were found guilty by a jury of being concerned in the supply of heroin, which is a Class A drug.

"The package was concealed in Miss Fleming's body and she was being used as a mule. In this case there was 105g of heroin with a street value of £10,500."

"Heroin is a scourge which has disastrous consequences for the lives of thousands of people in this and other communities around the world."

He jailed Courtney for 30 months and Fleming will be sentenced later.

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