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Courier caught with £18k of drugs on A9 by Newtonmore

By Ali Morrison

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A drugs courier who was caught taking over £18,000 worth of Class A drugs to the Highlands to pay off an £8,000 debt carried out another job for dealers and was caught a second time.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that 32 year old Anthony Crawley from Liverpool had been 'baby-sitting' £80,000 to £100,000 of narcotics in England when he was arrested a second time.

Defence solicitor advocate Neil Wilson said: "He was sentenced to five and three quarter years and is currently serving that sentence."

Crawley admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin after traffic police stopped the vehicle in which he was a passenger on the A9 at Nuide Farm by Newtonmore on September 28, 2021.

The drugs were seized by officers and Sheriff Sara Matheson ordered that they be forfeit and destroyed.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir said the maximum potential street values were £13,800 worth of cocaine and £4,830 of heroin.

Mr Wilson added: "The effect of the drugs being seized was my client getting even further into debt. It is a familiar story for the court."

Sheriff Matheson imposed a 16 month jail sentence which will run alongside the one Crawley is serving.

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