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Ketamine dealer jailed after being arrested in Moray

By Ali Morrison

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A Liverpudlian man visiting Forres was found with a thousands of pounds of class B drugs after neighbours complained.

Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

Joseph Robinson was arrested on February 7 this year after the police were called to a house in Brig Wynd.

Robertson had also been arrested just five days earlier in Inverness after police had received a report of a man overdosing at a house in the Highlands capital.

In total he was found with 1.5 kg of ketamine, worth almost £60,000.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Robinson had originally been jailed in October 2022.

He was put behind bars for setting fire to a house in Inverness with stolen petrol as well as ramming a car occupied by a man and a woman.

However, prior to his arrest in Forres, he had then been released early from his three-year sentence.

Defence solicitor Iain Maltman stated his client had moved to the north of Scotland to get away from the drug scene in his home city.

Mr Maltman said: "He didn't manage to keep off drugs here and became a heavy user of ketamine. He hopes to maintain sobriety on his release."

The defendant admitted a charge of being involved in the supply of drugs.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank noted that the maximum street value of the ketamine was £58,960.

He ordered Robinson to serve 12 months of his unexpired sentence, plus another 15 months for the drugs offences.

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