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Drugs worth £60k found by landlord in rented property

A tenant has appeared in court after being caught with a drug haul worth in the region of £60,000.

The man was caught after his landlord visited the property for an inspection following complaints from neighbours about the strong smell of cannabis coming from the flat.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that there was heroin worth around £21,000, along with cocaine worth £40,000.


Luke Marshall, 23, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin in October last year.

In addition to the drugs, more than £18,000 in cash was also recovered.

Fiscal depute Colin Neilson told the court: “The witness is the landlord at the locus and knows the accused as a tenant.

“On October 5, 2017 he received an email from the factor saying there were complaints about the locus and that there was a strong smell of cannabis coming from it.”

According to Neilson, drugs were found in the plumbing in the toilet. Cocaine and heroin in wraps were also found.

Marshall, of Larch Road in Aberdeen, AB16, will be sentenced at a later date.

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    Looks like this story slipped passed the proof reader!

    Bill Wood

    Not so.
    Collins Dictionary says 'The locus of something is the place where it happens'
    In Scotland, a Property Factor is someone who manages the maintenance of a property.
    Procurator Fiscals and Procurator Fiscal Deputes prosecute criminal cases in Scotland.
    So it all makes sense really


    Bill Wood, I was actually referring to the headline (which has now been changed) that said drugs with a value of £60 million had been found, whereas the body of the text says £60,000.

    Bill Wood

    Ah! That slipped past me too!


    Not for the first time things slipped past the proof reader. I have often suggested that the author gets to grips with wording BEFORE the article is submitted but it has fallen on deaf ears far too often so I have given up.

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    Poor landlord. I’ll expect the tax man will work in a capital gains tax somewhere in that lot🙀


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