A man was caught with around £5.8m worth of heroin in his one-bedroom flat.
Police seized 16kg of the drug after raiding Daniel McIntosh’s house in Glasgow’s Maryhill on September 5 last year.
If divided down to £10 bags, it would have had the potential to supply 586,585 users – around the equivalent of the population of Glasgow.
On Thursday, the High Court in Glasgow heard it had a potential street value of £5,865,850.
McIntosh, 39, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of the drug from his flat in Guthrie Street.
Prosecutor Blair Speed said: “It is accepted that the accused was trusted with the safekeeping of a large quantity of controlled drugs for the onward distribution by others. The accused was trusted to hold the heroin for others.”
The drugs were recovered from various bags and sacks in McIntosh’s hall cupboard and bedroom.
A significant amount of the heroin found was between 50% and 60% purity. Street heroin is normally around 13% pure.
Other drug paraphernalia were also found.
Defence counsel Tony Lenehan said: “This is a man who worked solidly from leaving school. Prior to this event he had something of a downward spiral after losing his job for the first time ever.
“He ended up with a drug debt as he became a user. He stored these drugs to satisfy a drug debt.”
McIntosh, a first offender, will be sentenced at Edinburgh High Court on August 27.
Judge Lord Fairley deferred sentence on him for background reports and granted him bail meantime.
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