A drug dealer caught with heroin and cocaine in an Edinburgh hospital has been placed on an 18-month Drug Treatment and Testing Order.
Addict Forbes Ewing went to the ERI in February and was admitted suffering from pains in his legs and feet. However, the following morning staff became concerned when he went to the bathroom and failed to emerge for at least 40 minutes.
Later, a staff member saw him remove something from a packet and take it, and they called the police. Officers found 20 wraps of heroin and 14 of cocaine, with a combined street value of £650, as well as £420 in cash.
At Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday, the 24-year-old from Edinburgh was placed on an 18 months Drug Treatment and Testing Order, after the court heard it was his own addiction which had led to Ewing dealing drugs.
Ewing had previously pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs but sentence had been deferred for social work reports.
His solicitor, Julie Livingstone, said her client had been addicted to drugs for a number of years. That addiction had "spiralled out of control.
She added: He was spending £300 a day which he simply could not afford.
She said Ewing’s own dealer had told him that if he was able to sell small amounts for him, he would be able to keep some drugs for himself. She concluded: It was a desperate measure.
Sheriff Warner said Ewing's real underlying problem was clearly his own abuse of drugs. He added: "If that was stopped, your offending might stop.
06 July 2010
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