Five plead guilty to drugs charges

High Court at Livingston. File picture: Lisa Ferguson

High Court at Livingston. File picture: Lisa Ferguson

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FIVE men have admitted being concerned in the supply of Class ‘B’ drugs after a police swoop in Edinburgh.

James Addison, Sean Byrne, Scott Mackay, Robert Todd and Damion Dalton offered guilty pleas on the morning of their trial at the High Court in Livingston today.

The Crown withdrew allegations that they had committed the offences over a 15-day period and that they were aggravated by a connection with serious and organised crime.

Addison, 34, a prisoner at Saughton; Byrne, 51, of Dochart Drive, and Mackay, of Broomhall Road, both Edinburgh, each pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis resin and amphetamine in the capital’s Baltic Street on 11 March 2015.

Todd, 50 – who is also known as Batton and who lives in Baltic Street, Leith – pled guilty to the amphetamine charge alone, with the Crown accepting his denial of the cannabis offence.

Dalton, 17, whose address was given as Hamilton Road, Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis and had a not guilty plea to the amphetamine allegation accepted.

Audrey Robertson, 50, who lives at the same address as Mackay walked free from court after the Crown accepted her pleas of not guilty to both charges.

Advocate depute Stewart Ronnie, QC, moved for sentence and revealed that all the accused, except Dalton, had previous convictions.

He said he expected a narrative of events, which is being agreed with counsel defending the accused, to be ready for tomorrow.

Judge Lord Armstrong formally acquitted Robertson and remanded the five remaining accused in custody.