Drug dealer to face sentencing next month

Sheriff Court, Edinburgh. File picture: Ian Georgeson

Sheriff Court, Edinburgh. File picture: Ian Georgeson

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A DRUG dealer who is facing a jail sentence after being caught with thousands of pounds worth of cocaine will be sentenced next month.

Simon Bradley, Lindores Drive, Tranent was stopped in his car by police officers in Edinburgh last year and around £25,000 of the Class A drug was discovered hidden in his jacket.

Bradley initially claimed he had no knowledge of the bags of white powder discovered in his vehicle but soon admitted his involvement. The 47-year-old pleaded guilty to supplying the Class A drugs at an earlier hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court and sentence had been deferred.

Bradley appeared again at the Capital court on Tuesday but was told the case was again being deferred for inquiries.

During September’s court hearing fiscal depute Gerard Drugan said police had received intelligence with regards to a vehicle travelling though East Lothian and it was suspected drugs were within.

Bradley was eventually pulled over by officers just as he pulled off the Edinburgh bypass.

Mr Drugan said: “Officers stopped the vehicle and searched it. The accused was the only occupant of the vehicle. Officers discovered 497 grams of cocaine in a bag within a jacket pocket on the back seat.”

Mr Drugan said the potential street value of the drugs was around £25,000.

Sheriff Frank Crowe deferred sentence to January 11 next year.

Bradley pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine to others at Dreghorn Link Road, Edinburgh, on December 20 last year.

He was also committed the offence after having been granted bail at Haddington Sheriff Court on April 10, July 10 and September 12, all last year.