Car valeter caught with £600,000 worth of cocaine

Five kilos of the class A drug was found in James Munro’s kitchen in Glasgow.

A car valeter was caught with £600,000 worth of cocaine in his home after a tip-off to police.

Five kilos of the class A drug was found in James Munro’s kitchen following a search of his house in Colwood Avenue, Glasgow, on September 13 last year.

At the High Court in Glasgow on Monday, the 41-year-old admitted being concerned in the supply of the drug.

Munro told the police when they arrived at his home: “You do the crime, you do the time. I’m going away for a few years. It’s in the kitchen.”

Laboratory analysis of the five packages revealed they were 80% pure.

Prosecutor Greg Farrell said: “This is a much higher level of purity than the cocaine that is typically sold on the street; at the time of this offence, the average street purity of cocaine in the West of Scotland was 31% and frequently it is below 10%.

“If sub-divided into the lowest common street deal, the cocaine recovered could have realised up to £600,000.”

The court heard police received a tip-off that a large quantity of drugs was inside the house and was going to be moved imminently.

At 7pm that same day, police entered the house by the front door, which was unlocked, and waited there with Munro until a search warrant was obtained at 10.55pm.

Judge Lady Stacey deferred sentence on Munro until June for a background report to be prepared. 

He was remanded in custody meantime.