Falkirk court hears biker drug dealer was caught with cannabis in his sock

A motorcycling drug dealer was found to have over £300 of cannabis and a set of scales, hidden in his trousers, sock and jacket pocket.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 4:46 pm

Joseph Dutka (32) appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday, having previously pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of class B drugs on the A84 Doune to Callendar Road between April 1 and May 28 2018.

Procurator fiscal depute Katie Cunningham said: “It was 1pm and police were carrying out a static road check at the location when they stopped the accused, who was riding a motorcycle.

"They detected a strong smell of cannabis and found three packages of the drug concealed within the leg of his motorcycle trousers, two packets in his right sock and scales and a further six packets in his jacket pocket.

Motorcyclist Dutka appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court after he was caught transporting cannabis

"It was valued at £300 and he said it was his. He said he was smoking it and selling some of it to his friends.”

A mobile phone was also found to have several messages relating to drug dealing in it.

The court heard Dutka was “well aware of the gravity of his situation”, but his life had moved on since committing the offence and he now has a partner who has had a positive influence on him.

It was stated Dutka, who was said to have given up cannabis, was involved in social supply to his friends in order to fund his own habit.

Sheriff Christopher Shead ordered Dutka, 32 Cameron Court, Lochearnhead, to complete 240 hours unpaid work within 12 months.