A DRUG dealer caught delivering a Christmas present of cannabis to friends in Aviemore has escaped jail.
Police found a stash of the drug hidden among wrapped gifts in the boot of Craig Brazier’s car when they stopped him on the way to Aviemore on Christmas Eve last year.
Inverness Sheriff Court was told he was carrying £1,600 worth of cannabis resin, more than usual because his friends had wanted extra to celebrate the festive period.
Depute fiscal Ron Philips said 31-year-old Brazier admitted dealing drugs to friends in his home village over a three-month period.
Police officers were acting on information when they stopped his car at Cromdale at 6pm on Christmas Eve.
Brazier was living in Aberdeen when he agreed to deliver drugs to his friends in Aviemore.
His defence lawyer James Slavin said: “He was asked if he could get some for these friends in Aviemore because they found it difficult to get some themselves.
“It was an endeavour he entered into, not realising the dangers.”
The fiscal said Brazier was travelling with his wife at the time, but he fully admitted she had nothing to do with the dealing, let alone his own drug habit.
Mr Philips said Brazier would make about £100 profit each trip he made.
He was also caught with a ‘tick list’ – a note of people he was supplying.
Brazier, of 165 Faulds Gate, Aberdeen, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis resin to a number of people in Aviemore between September 15 and December 24 last year.
The court was told he had been a long-term user of cannabis and agreed to deliver the drug to friends in Aviemore where he grew up.
Mr Slavin, defending, said his friends were finding it difficult to buy the drug in the strath so turned to his client for help.
He admitted it had been an operation lasting about three months, but added: “He usually brought less, but was asked to bring more over the Christmas period for the festivities.”
Mr Slavin said Brazier had not realised how serious supplying his friends with the Class C drug was at the time, but had since given up cannabis himself.
Sheriff Margaret Neilson told him on Tuesday: “You have pled guilty to a serious charge. Without people like you to supply individuals, the people from the higher end of the chain would not be able to ply their trade.”
She placed him on probation for two years as a direct alternative to prison, with a condition he carry out 300 hours’ community service.