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Police who nabbed a man buying vodka for an underage boy found heroin in his sock when they searched him back at the station.
Neil MacGregor, of 6 Kiel Gardens, Benderloch, pleaded guilty to buying the alcohol for a child and to having a class A drug.
Oban Sheriff Patrick Hughes deferred sentencing MacGregor until March 27 to wait for criminal justice and social work reports to be prepared as well as a restriction of liberty assessment to be carried out.
The court heard how police had been passing Station Square on December 13 lat year when they saw the 25-year-old walking away from a convenience store carrying a bottle and talking to a young person.
It was obvious they exchanged something, the court was told. Police approached them at the bus stop and they both appeared nervous. A bottle of vodka was recovered from the young person’s rucksack. MacGregor said it was his but the boy said he had asked for it and given him money.
Police noticed MacGregor was smelling strongly of cannabis and he was taken to the police station to be searched.
As MacGregor was put in handcuffs and being processed, a wrap of brown paper was spotted near the left side of his trouser leg. He was further searched and in his sock there was a roll of tin foil. The wrap was tested and contained heroin.