A drug addict from Aberdeen got into debt and became the victim of cuckooing, a court has heard.
David Bruce was arrested after police found a quantity of heroin at his flat on March 2 this year.
The 43-year-old has appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and admitted one count of being concerned in the supply of diamorphine.
During the hearing, defence agent Stuart Murray told Sheriff William Summers his client had become the victim of cuckooing – where drug dealers use their customers’ properties as part of their operation.
Mr Murray said: “Mr Bruce has had a problem with drug addiction for most of his adult life and that addiction is what has led to him coming before the court.
“He understands this is a very serious matter given the quantity of the drugs involved.
“Mr Bruce found himself into debt with dealers and was told by them it would be forgotten if he provided a safe haven for the drugs, a type of cuckooing.”
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Mr Murray said his client “very much wants to change his life” and claimed he was assaulted as a result of his co-operation with the police.
Sheriff Summers said: “You have previous convictions going back to 1999, albeit only one of them is relevant to this offence. I’m prepared to give you an alternative to custody.”
Bruce, whose address was given as Jasmine Terrace, Aberdeen, was ordered to carry out 260 hours’ unpaid work in the next 12 months.