A north “drugs mule” caught transporting £15,000 worth of cannabis resin from Alness to Wick has been jailed for 10 months.
Unemployed fisherman Graham Shepherd (28), Roxburgh Road, Wick, was carrying a holdall containing three kilos of the class B drug when stopped by police, a court heard.
A search of a property in which he was staying later uncovered cocaine valued at between £500 to £600.
Shepherd’s lawyer argued that he had been forced to carry the drugs because he owed money to drug dealers. The cocaine was for his personal use.
Shepherd appeared for sentencing at Tain Sheriff Court on Monday, having previously admitted two charges.
He had pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis resin to another or others on August 9 last year at Milnafua, Alness, on the A9 road between Alness and Tain and at Tain High Street.
He had also admitted on the same day being in possession of cocaine at Kennedy Terrace, Wick.
It emerged that he had just been released from prison two weeks ago after having served a five-month sentence for assault.
Sheriff Eilidh MacDonald turned down a plea not to send Shepherd back to jail and said the case was too serious for a community disposal because of the large amount of drugs involved.