A Glenrothes man has been jailed after police raided his home and found heroin with a street value of over £13,000.
Craig Thomson was found guilty of drug dealing from his home in Tummel Road after a trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court last month.
He denied any involvement and said he had regularly left keys to his home for relatives to go when he was away in Helensburgh staying with his partner.
Thomson (31) now of Hood Court, Helensburgh, returned to court for sentencing and was jailed for two years.
Thomson was found guilty that between May 6 and June 3 last year at Tummel Road he was concerned in the supplying of a controlled drug, heroin.
Defence solicitor Jaclyn Meisel said her client still maintained his innocence but accepted the verdict.
She went on, “He accepts his responsibility in that it was his property and he was responsible for who comes into it. He also knows the impact drug dealing has on families.”
Ms Meisel said her client had a “very limited record and has never served a custodial sentence before.”
Sheriff Craig McSherry commented: “An ideal candidate for somebody who wants to store drugs is he not?”
“Perhaps,” replied the solicitor. She said her client had found his time on remand “extremely challenging” and he felt his mental health was deteriorating as a result.
Ms Meisel said her client had previously been homeless for 15 years but had now settled into a relationship with his partner in Helensburgh.
Sheriff Craig McSherry told Thomson he had left keys for relatives suspected of being involved in drug dealing.
He pointed out these people had only started showing any interest in Thomson once he had a home and a place where drugs could be stored. “The common practice seems to be for one or two days,” added the sheriff.
He pointed out there was also evidence heard that Thomson had left mobile phone messages suggesting he himself had been involved in dealing drugs and making payments.
Thomson was jailed for 24 months backdated to July 15 when he was remanded.