Teen caught doing drug deal on moped with cocaine in trousers jailed

Police discovered heroin worth almost £210,000 at Josh McKeown's home in Airdrie in 2020.

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A teenager caught doing a drug deal on his moped has been jailed for three years.

Josh McKeown had been tailed from a pub car park by police in Airdrie, Lanarkshire on July 17 2020.

Officers went on to discover heroin with a potential value of £209,230 at his home in the town.

They also seized 15 wraps of cocaine costing up to £340 hidden down the front of his trousers.

On Tuesday, the 19-year-old first offender was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow.

McKeown had earlier pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of both drugs.

Lady Stacey cut the sentence from four years due to his guilty plea.

She had earlier been told that McKeown turned to crime due to an earlier cannabis issue.

The judge told him: “It seems to me that you are wasting your life and you need to get a grip.

“It is a great pity to see you getting into this sort of mess.”

A previous hearing was told how McKeown was traced after police caught him dropping off a small bag of white powder at the pub.

Prosecutor Eilidh Robertson said: “The officers, believing that a drug deal had taken place, obtained McKeown’s details as the registered keeper of the moped and attended his home.”

At the property, police also found almost 1kg of a mixing agent used to bulk out drugs to increase value.

Billy Lavelle, defending, said McKeown had used his time on remand to “reflect” on his life and to steer clear of crime.