Bo'ness dealer caught with over 2000 'street Valium' tablets

Police caught up with an offender who had 16 bags – around £800 – of tablets in his backpack he was looking to sell to fund his own drug habit.

By Court Reporter
Monday, 14th September 2020, 3:17 pm

Shaun Wilson (35) had another couple of bags in his trouser pocket – in total he had 2016 of the white tablets in his possession which he was looking to offload.

Wilson, 26 Hadrian Way, Bo’ness, appeared from custody via video link at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday having pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of class C drug Etizolam – or street Valium as it is known – in Thornhill Road, Falkirk on August 8.

The court heard police officer were in attendance at Tesco in Falkirk Central Retail Park on an unrelated matter when Wilson’s activities came to their attention.

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A police search of Wilson uncovered over 2000 street Valium tablets

“Officers were approached by a member of the public,” said the procurator fiscal depute. “They told officers the accused had over 500 Valium tablets in his back pack and was trying to sell them.

"They started searching for the accused and saw him walking into Victoria Park. He was stopped and searched and officers found two bags containing 30 white tablets from his trouser pocket.

“He was asked what they were and he said the were ‘Vallies’. Officers then checked the accused#s back pack and found it contained 2016 tablets.”

Wilson was taken to Falkirk Police Station and his stash was examined – there were 400 tablets lying loose and 16 bags each containing 100 tablets.

It was stated these bags would sell for £50 each and the Valium Wilson was carrying would have a total value of £800 on the street.

Defence solicitor Stephen Biggam said: “He has one previous drugs conviction back in 2007 and that was for possession. There is an underlying condition that has resulted in him being involved with the court.”

Sheriff James MacDonald said: “This offence involved a not insignificant drug dealing operation and the drugs involved were class C. It was not for the purpose of direct profit, but to subsidise your own drug use.”

Wilson was sentenced to six months in prison back dated to August 10.