A persistent drug trafficker has been handed a jail term of more than five-and-a half years after he was caught with heroin and crack cocaine worth £1,300.
Police discovered drugs after a raid on Kevin Smith’s home in Deansloch Terrace, Aberdeen, on March 15 this year.
Smith, 44, was subject to a minimum jail sentence of seven years because of his record for drug crimes.
A judge at the High Court in Edinburgh told him: “You have a serious history of offending.”
Lord Kinclaven said he would have imposed a seven-year jail term, but would reduce it to five years and 219 days in light of his early guilty pleas.
Smith admitted being concerned in the supply of both heroin and cocaine while he was on bail, granted at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on May 18 last year.
Advocate depute Mark McGuire told the court Smith had a total of 32 convictions for 36 offences, including crimes of dishonesty and road traffic and drugs offences.
He said police received intelligence about his renewed involvement in drugs and officers armed with a search warrant forced entry to his address.
During a search they found 13 grams of heroin with a potential street value of £550 and more than 10 grams of crack cocaine, which had the potential to realise £750 if subdivided into deals.
They also recovered more than £5,800 in cash and Smith has now become the subject of an action to seize the money.
Defence solicitor advocate Shahid Latif said Smith had previously successfully completed a court imposed drug treatment and testing order.
He said there had been periods in which he had managed to master his own drug addiction and intended to remain clean after his latest sentence.