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Dundee men ordered ecstasy by post

Dundee Sheriff Court
Image caption Dundee Sheriff Court was told that the Class A drugs were intercepted by UK Border Force

Two men who tried to have more than 300 ecstasy tablets posted to them in Dundee from Amsterdam have been jailed.

Arran Harrison, 23, and John Simpson, 27, were caught when police found texts between the men after the package failed to arrive at Simpson's home.

A court heard that the Class A drugs were intercepted by UK Border Force.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael jailed Harrison for 18 months and Simpson for 15 months.

Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court that the package was addressed to 'Emma Knockback' at Simpson's home.

She said: "The parcel was sent from Amsterdam and was found to contain a number of tablets.

"Accused Simpson's phone was seized and examined with texts found between the two discussing the delivery of the package that was seized."

'Error of judgement'

Harrison admitted being concerned in the supply of drugs between 2 December and 24 December, 2014.

Simpson admitted fraudulently evading the prohibition on the importation of drugs between 9 December and 24 December 2014.

Solicitor advocate Jim Laverty, for Harrison, said: "There is a robust community sentence available in this case.

"He has a good work ethic and has led a pro-social life. This was an error of judgement."

John Boyle, for Simpson, said: "He had been asked to provide his address for this and had initially said no.

"He was asked again and relented. He was surprised when he saw the quantity that was sent."

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael told Harrison and Simpson "Given the nature of this offence, a custodial sentence is the only suitable disposal."

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