Polmont man tried to swallow class A drug in front of police

A man who tried to swallow a class A drug in front of police has been placed under a structured deferred sentence.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 12:30 pm

George Merrilees, 55, of Cadgers Brae, Polmont, appeared from custody at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday having admitted being in possession of diamorphine at Falkirk Police Station on March 11, while on bail.

He also pleaded guilty to resisting, obstructing or hindering officers in the execution of their duty by attempting to swallow the controlled substance.

Polmont man George Merrilees appeared from custody at Falkirk Sheriff Court. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Sheriff Derek Livingston referenced a background report which described Merrilees as “unsuitable for a drug treatment and testing order” and mentioned a “lack of motivation” on his part to engage with support services.

Addressing defence solicitor Martin Morrow, Sheriff Livingston added: “He expresses the view at various points he needs help with his drug habit.”

Merrilees was placed on a three-month structured deferred sentence, during which time he must be of good behaviour and attend drug services. He was also placed on bail.

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