A stoned cyclist was caught wheeling through Paisley with Class-A drugs on him.
Stephen Wallace, 47, who is known to police, was busted with heroin in his wallet by officers patrolling in the town’s Ferguslie Park.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard Wallace was clocked by the cops on April 22, last year, as he cycled down Tannahill Road after having bought the drugs, which were worth around £40.
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Procurator fiscal depute Susan Barr said: “Police witnesses were on mobile patrol when they came across the accused Wallace.
“He was cycling down Tannahill Road and was noticed to be under the influence of some substance.
“He was stopped by police and a substance was recovered from his wallet, which turned out to be heroin, with an approximate value of £40.”
On Wednesday, Wallace, formerly of Ferguslie Park, but now living in Barr, near Girvan, Ayrshire, pleaded guilty to possession of Class-A drugs, namely heroin.
Defence agent Rhona Lynch said her client who is well known to the courts for crimes of dishonesty, has since left Paisley and attempted to get himself off drugs, and start afresh.
She said: “He did have a heroin problem for years but had been making good progress, when he suffered a relapse in April last year.
“He was feeling low and depressed and began drinking again, which led to him to suffering a relapse into drug taking again.
“Since this incident he has taken no illicit substances and has moved in with a new partner who doesn’t have anything to do with drugs.
“She is a very positive influence in his life. He also has reduced his prescription of methadone and I would ask the court to consider deferring sentence to mark this dramatic turnaround in his life.”
Sheriff Iona McDonald told Wallace, who has a lengthy record of convictions for shoplifting and crimes of dishonesty, that she had to mark the offence by fining him.
She said: “I am told you have dramatically reduced your methadone but you still have a substantial record of offences, as well as this misuse of drugs matter.
“So I am prepared deal with his by way of a financial penalty.”
She handed him a £220 fine.
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