Jail term for heroin dealer

The High Court in Edinburgh (picture by Scott Louden)
The High Court in Edinburgh (picture by Scott Louden)

A drug addict who was caught dealing heroin after detectives received a tip-off about his criminal lifestyle has been jailed for four years.

Jason Hall had two previous convictions for dealing the drug when police raided his home in Poplar Road, Methil, on October 9 last year.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how officers found heroin with a maximum street value of £2760 in the property.

The court also heard Hall, a prisoner of HMP Perth, was sentenced to five years for drug dealing at the High Court in Edinburgh in 2001.

He was also given a 20-month sentence at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court in 2012 for selling the drug.

Hall (39) pleaded guilty on Friday before judge Lady Wolffe to being involved in the supply of narcotics.

He admitted his offence at the earliest opportunity in Scottish law.

Defence solicitor advocate Gordon Martin asked the judge to be lenient.

He said Hall’s previous convictions meant he had to be prosecuted in the High Court, and that a first offender in his position would have been dealt with at sheriff court level.

Passing sentence, Lady Wolffe said sending Hall to jail was the only sentencing option available to her and, had it not been for his early plea, he would have received six years instead of four.

She added: “The abuse of drugs is a ruinous blight on the lives of so many in modern society.”