Teenager in court over heroin haul

High Court, Edinburgh
High Court, Edinburgh
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Police seized heroin worth more than £57,000 on the streets after stopping a teenager courier in a taxi.

Grant Reid was seen leaving a block of flats at Cumnor Crescent, in the Liberton area of Edinburgh, on May 23 this year and getting into the vehicle by surveillance officers.

The taxi was later signalled to stop and when front seat passenger Reid emerged he was searched and found to have a package in his jeans pocket containing 115 grams of the Class A drug.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that the quantity of drug was worth £2700 wholesale, but if broken down into tenner bags could be worth £11,500 on the streets.

Police attended at Reid’s home in Cumnor Crescent and during a search at lockups recovered quantities of the drug.

Three bags of the drug, worth more than £40,000 on the streets, were found in a locked box and Reid’s fingerprint was also discovered to be inside the box.

A further bag containing heroin was found in another storage cupboard and his DNA was identified on the knot in the packaging.

Unemployed Reid, 19, admitted being concerned in the supply of the Class A drug, when he appeared in court today.

Advocate depute Adrian Cottam said Reid’s role in the supply chain was as a courier who allowed drugs to be stored.

Defence counsel Ronnie Renucci said he had been instructed not to seek to have Reid’s bail continued. He said: “He accepts a custodial sentence is inevitable.”

The judge, Lord Pentland, deferred sentence on Reid until next month for preparation of a background report and remanded him in custody.