A man was caught with £140,000 worth of cannabis – hidden in a secret compartment in his motorhome.
The Anh Luu was snared shortly before he boarded a Cairnryan to Belfast ferry on November 6, 2019.
Police found the 38-year-old to be “sweating and crying” when they stopped his hired vehicle for a routine check.
On Tuesday, prosecutor Blair Speed told the High Court in Glasgow: “Officers noticed that where the mattress would normally be, there was a compartment constructed from wood.
“Luu then said: ‘cannabis’.
“A compartment made from laminate flooring boards had been constructed.
“Inside were many clingfilm packages which were found to contain cannabis.”
Luu, who was with a woman and young child, was held before stating: “I am not a supplier. I was just transporting the drugs.”
Mr Speed said a receipt and other items found, including screws and a drill, suggested Luu built the hideaway himself.
The court heard a total of 37kg of cannabis was seized with a potential value of £140,600.
First offender Luu, originally from Vietnam, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of the drug at Loch Ryan Port, Cairnryan, in Dumfries and Galloway.
Defence lawyer Brian Gilfedder asked for bail to be continued.
However, judge Lady Stacey told Luu: “I am not prepared to allow that because of the high value of the drugs and the serious nature of the crime.”
Sentencing was adjourned until next month for reports.
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