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'Sweating' Stephen Daye jailed over cocaine haul

A man who was caught with a stash of cocaine after police noticed he was "shaking and sweating" has been jailed for three years and four months.

Stephen Daye was seen acting nervously outside a lock-up garage in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, on 23 March 2013 by officers in a passing patrol car.

When they searched the garage they found cocaine with an estimated street value of up to £169,000.

Daye, 24, from Hamilton, admitted being concerned in the supply of the drug.

Jailing him at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Doherty told Daye: "You have committed a very serious offence involving a Class A drug and the drugs operation with which you were concerned was a substantial one."

'Significant sentence'

He added: "Only a significant custodial sentence would serve to mark the gravity of the crime."

The court previously heard how three police officers were on mobile patrol when their attention was drawn to a Vauxhall Astra car shining its headlights into a garage in Balmore Drive, Hamilton.

As they drove up, they could see Daye in the garage standing by a furniture unit.

One officer saw him moving items and then putting his hands in his pockets.

The officers stopped their car and got out, at which point Daye made his way from the unit and tried to leave the garage.

He was seen to be nervous, was chewing gum vigorously and was "shaking and sweating".

When officers looked inside the garage they saw scales with white powder on them.

A later search of the garage uncovered a large quantity of cocaine.

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