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Three in court after £500,000 drugs raid

High Court in Glasgow
Image caption The three men will be sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow in May

Three Dundee men were caught during a police operation that recovered over £500,000 worth of class A drugs, a court was told.

Matthew Hand and associates Scott Fraser and Kyle Ewing were placed under surveillance for three weeks in 2015.

Hand, 25, and Fraser, 26, admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine, while Ewing admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin.

The three men will be sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow in May.

The court was told that Ewing, 24, was seen leaving a blue BMW and walking towards the allotments on Dundee Law on 30 September, 2015.

Trained sniffer dogs later recovered a stash of drugs buried in the area.

The package contained heroin and cutting agents caffeine and paracetamol.

Jumped from window

Prosecutor Shirley McKenna said: "If the adulterants were added to the heroin and sold there is a potential value of at least £96,510 and it could be in excess of £112,150.

"When Kyle Ewing was detained by police he had £2,080 in cash on him."

The court heard that the following day, police received a tip-off about the handover of a substantial quantity of drugs from a Glasgow-based courier.

When officers arrived at Fraser's home address, he and Hand were seen jumping out of a second-floor window and running off.

Ms McKenna said cocaine, cutting agents and drug paraphernalia were found in the house.

She said: "The cocaine recovered from the house was 84 per cent pure. Street level purity is usually 10%.

"If cut to street purity the cocaine found would have a potential value of around £400,000."

Judge Lord Matthews deferred sentence and remanded Fraser and Ewing in custody, but allowed Hand bail to get a cast reset on his fractured knee.

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