£10 worth of heroin found during Galashiels drug raid but other white powder seized wasn’t illegal after all

Police seized a large amount of powder during a raid on a property in Church Square in Galashiels as part of a crackdown on drug dealing last September but it was later found not to be illegal.

Wednesday, 8th May 2019, 5:26 pm
Church Square in Galashiels.

Daniel McKenzie, 22, was originally with being concerned in the supply of heroin, along with an 18-year-old woman, but Selkirk Sheriff Court was told that analysis of the powder revealed it not to be a controlled drug.

A gramme of heroin was found, though, and McKenzie pleaded guilty to possession of a quantity of the class-A drug to the value of £10.

Defence lawyer Stephanie Clinkscale said her client had been smoking diamorphine at the time but is now off it.

McKenzie, of Allars Bank in Hawick, was fined £150.

His co-accused, Abbie Brown, had her not-guilty plea accepted by the crown.