Tayside and Central Scotland

Scot repatriated from Thai prison is back behind bars

A drug dealer once handed a 100-year prison term in Thailand has been jailed after he was caught dealing heroin back in Scotland.

Brent Stirling returned to the UK after being pardoned by the King of Thailand in 2001, but has twice been caught with heroin since.

The 45-year-old admitted dealing the Class A drug after he was caught by police carrying out speed checks on traffic in Perth in September.

He was jailed for 27 months.

Stirling was jailed for life in Thailand after he was caught drug trafficking in 1994.

He spent seven years in a notorious jail known as the Gates of Hell, before he was eventually released and repatriated by the then Scottish Justice Minister Jim Wallace.

'Sweating profusely'

Having already been caught in possession of drugs in 2008, Stirling was caught out during a police speed check on Perth's Dundee road on 18 September.

Officers noticed he was sweating profusely, slurring his speech and seemed agitated. They found £1,400 in cash in his car, along with evidence he had been smoking heroin there.

Perth Sheriff Court heard Stirling dropped one bag of heroin as he tried to flee, and three more were found in the police van as he was taken to Perth police headquarters. Further heroin was found in his home at Kinfauns, with the total street value of the drugs adding up to £2,250.

Jailing him, Sheriff William Wood said: "Any sort of involvement in the supply of Class A drugs is particularly serious. It has local, regional and national implications."

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