Aug 19 2011 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
A HEROIN dealer has been jailed for 32 months at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.
Thirty one-year-old Kevin Mullen pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of the class A drug at his home in East Main Street, Darvel, in June.
The court heard that just as police, armed with a warrant, arrived at the one-bedroom flat to carry out a search, they saw a woman leaving the house with an item in her hand.
Spotting the police, she threw to the ground what turned out to be a polythene bag containing brown powder.
Nancy Beresford, prosecuting, said: “She was interviewed and said she had just been supplied with diamorphine by the accused.”
Officers forced entry to the property, where they found Mullen and two others in a bedroom.
Their search reveal 37 separate ‘tenner bags’ of heroin, as well as another bag containing a larger amount.
The potential street value of the drugs was £11,700, said Mrs Beresford.
Police also recovered other drugs-related items such as digital scales and a roll of polythene bags.
In addition, unemployed Mullen was found to have £350 in cash in his trouser pocket.
Derick Williamson, defending, said that his client had not had an easy life.
He had a catastrophic marriage, which had broken up, and had started taking drugs.
Mullen was now on a methadone prescription, said Mr Willamson.
The solicitor said that Mullen had previous convictions for drugs offences, including a nine-month sentence imposed last year.
“This being so, he accepts that he will be receiving a custodial sentence this morning,” said Mr Williamson.
He asked Sheriff Alistair Watson to take into account Mullen’s “frank and open attitude”.
He pointed out that the case had been dealt with in little more than two months.
“I ask you to restrict the sentence as much as is possible in the circumstances,” he said.
Sheriff Watson told Mullen that his case was in unusual in that his previous drugs offending had attracted “relatively short sentences”.
The sheriff said he took the view that if someone persistently offended, sentences had to get significantly longer.
And he warned Mullen: “When you are released, if you repeat this conduct, I think you would be sent to the High Court for sentence.”