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Cannabis dealer caught in Muir of Ord with drugs worth up to £6500 is jailed at 16 months at Inverness Sheriff Court

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Inverness Sheriff Court (file image).
Inverness Sheriff Court (file image).

A DRUG dealer has been jailed for 16 months for being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

Police were carrying out a mobile patrol about 1am on the morning of June 17 last year when they came across a Vauxhall Astra within the rear car park at Vulcan Cottage on Great North Road, Muir of Ord.

Depute fiscal Robert Weir told Inverness Sheriff Court officers they observed Raimonds Kupreiciks in the driver’s seat along with a young female in the front passenger seat.

When they spoke to the occupants of the vehicle both officers detected a strong smell of cannabis.

Both Kupreiciks and the female were detained for the purpose of a search and nothing was found in their possession.

However on searching the vehicle the police recovered a Stanley blade, cling film, a white bag containing six bags of herbal matter, a plastic bag containing nine bags of herbal matter (later identified as cannabis) and an envelope containing £1310 in cash.

Kupreiciks was arrested and taken to Burnett Road police station in Inverness.

The 32-year-old, c/o HMP Inverness, admitted being in possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of a bladed article on Tuesday before the case was due to go to trial.

Sentence had been deferred until Monday for background reports.

The fiscal said the accused told police: “It was stupid to get involved with all this”.

When asked about the blade he said back in his native land of Latvia it was normal but wouldn’t be doing it again.

The fiscal said the drugs had a value of £3500 to £4200 in the form they were recovered but if sub-divided further they had a value of up to £6510.

He was jailed by Sheriff Margaret Neilson.

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