Heroin dealer to remain in custody

A Liverpool man who pleaded guilty to bringing heroin into Shetland on 28th March appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

The court heard that Ian Byrne, 39, a prisoner in Aberdeen, had been met by police when he arrived on the NorthLink ferry following the receipt of confidential informa­tion.

Byrne, a father of eight who said he did not use heroin himself, was taken to Lerwick Police Station and strip searched and eventually pro­duced two packets of heroin, weigh­ing nearly 28 grammes, from his rectum. When broken down into deals the drugs would realise £4,000.

Byrne confirmed he had been given them by a man in Liverpool and had agreed to transport them to Shetland for £250, but refused to say who the drugs were being delivered to because of a threat of violence to his family.

Sheriff Graeme Napier said Byrne should be under no illusion that the sheriff took “very seriously” the link between Shet­land and Liverpool, and knew Shetland was being targeted. He said the only way he could stem that was to impose as long a sentence of imprisonment as he could, but deferred sentence until 3rd June for reports.

Byrne was remanded in custody.


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