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Man dealt in drugs in Aberdeenshire while on bail

High Court in Edinburgh
Image caption The court heard that David Evans was found with drugs in New Pitsligo and Fraserburgh

A man who was caught dealing in illegal drugs while on bail for a similar offence has been jailed for 44 months.

David Evans, 23, who moved to Aberdeenshire from North Wales, had been caught with about £60,000 of heroin and more than £3,000 of cocaine.

After being bailed he was later found with further quantities of the drugs and also £780 worth of crack cocaine.

Evans, described as a prisoner in Peterhead, was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Judge Lord Burns told him: "It appears that you left your home to come up to Scotland with the precise intention of peddling Class A drugs in this locality.

"You were plainly not deterred from this intention by the fact you had been detained on 10 April nor by the fact you were placed on bail on 11 April upon condition you were not to continue this activity."

The judge told Evans he would have faced a five-and-a-half year jail sentence, but for his guilty pleas in the case.

Lord Burns said he had taken into account Evans' persistent behaviour.

A sock

Evans admitted being concerned in the supply of both cocaine and heroin between 10 and 16 April and committing the offences after being granted bail at Peterhead Sheriff Court on 11 April.

Advocate depute Susanne Tanner told the court he had moved into a house in New Pitsligo in Aberdeenshire.

Police went to the property armed with a search warrant after receiving information.

The prosecutor said that as officers were seeking entry Evans was spotted opening the back door and was detained.

Drugs and cash were found in the living room and Evans was discovered to have a small amount of cocaine in a sock.

Wraps of crack cocaine and heroin were recovered along with blocks of heroin with the potential value of almost £60,000. A set of scales was also found.

The court heard that after Evans was released on bail he went to a house in Fraserburgh and asked if he could stay there.

After police received further information they secured a search warrant for the property and found Evans alone in the living room.

He was found to have almost £1,000 in cash and crack cocaine, some of which was concealed in his body.

Defence counsel Emma Toner said father-of-two Evans had previous convictions for drug-related offences.

She said: "Essentially he regrets his involvement in this enterprise."

The Crown has started proceedings to confiscate crime profits from Evans.

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