The court heard on Thursday how police were called to the Mid Street home of James Harper on January 3 this year. An incident involving several people had led to police calling at the house – but it was a subsequent search that uncovered the remains of two bags of white powder that landed Harper in court.
Sheriff Susan Raeburn was told that the bags that were left from a party two days earlier and contained a small amount of Cocaine with a value of £5. Defence solicitor Matthew O’Neil explained that Harper had a party at his home on January 1.
Mr O’Neil added that as an offshore worker Harper was subject to regular drug testing and “this was not something that he would normally have involved himself in”.
After hearing that Harper accepted he made a foolish decision, Sheriff Raeburn imposed a fine of £300.