A man caught dealing drugs to undercover police officers has been jailed for eight months.
Twenty-three-year-old Dale McAulay supplied seven single transactions of heroin over some 11 weeks.
McAulay, of Edinburgh Road, Kelso, admitted supplying diamorphine at a flat in Drumlanrig Square, between April 11 and July 5, 2012.
Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser told Jedburgh Sheriff Court how the accused was caught during Operation GOAL – described by police at the time as “a long-term project to not only minimise, but eradicate the scourge of drugs within Scottish Borders communities”.
Mr Fraser said the accused was involved in “seven deals of heroin, valued at£180, to undercover police officers”.
Defence solicitor Rory Bannerman said his client had been a heroin user at thetime, but had since “changed his life around.
“He has moved town, has a flat, a fiancée, and a baby, and has also found himself work,” explained Mr Bannerman, who urged Sheriff Derrick McIntyre to consider a community-based disposal.
He said the undercover police officers had “befriended” McAulay to the extent of helping him decorate his flat.
“He saw the opportunity of getting some heroin for himself by selling it,” added Mr Bannerman.
Sheriff McIntyre described illegal drugs as a blight on the community, warning that those involved in their supply would be dealt with severely.
“This was not possession, but supply, albeit on a small scale,” he observed.Drugs are a blight on the community and those who deal in it must be dealt with severely,” he warned.