Glasgow & West Scotland

Ex-soldier Allan Deans cried after cocaine found in car

A former soldier who broke down in tears after being caught with cocaine worth about £614,000 is facing prison.

Allan Deans, 28, from Glasgow, was found to have no insurance when stopped for using a mobile phone when driving in Hamilton last September.

He broke down when officers refused permission for him to remove personal items from the car. A subsequent search uncovered the stash of cocaine.

At the High Court in Glasgow, sentence on Deans was deferred.

The court heard how Deans, who was working as a security guard, was stopped by police after they saw him apparently using his mobile phone as he drove in Hamilton on 12 September 2011.

When officers discovered that he had no insurance they told him they were going to take his Renault Scenic car to Hamilton police station.

Charges admitted

When Deans, from Cardonald, Glasgow, was refused permission to remove some items he broke down crying.

A search of the car uncovered two suspicious packages in a small plastic crate.

Deans initially denied knowing what was in them but later said they contained cocaine.

He admitted charges of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and driving without insurance.

The court heard that Deans was a former soldier in the Royal Highland Fusiliers and had served two tours of duty in Iraq.

The father-of-three was said to have got into debt with his dealer after becoming a cocaine user.

He claimed to have agreed to act as a courier to London to pay off the debt.

Judge Lord Bracadale deferred sentence on Deans until September at the High Court in Edinburgh.

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