£1.3 million heroin haul man back in the dock

Hamilton Sheriff Court
Hamilton Sheriff Court

A man jailed over a £1.3 million haul was back in the dock today to admit another drug dealing charge.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard cannabis worth £7,000 was seized from a house in Laurel Drive, Craigneuk, in April last year.

Michael Denholm wasn’t there at the time, but his fingerprints were later found to be on bags used to hold the cannabis.

Denholm (24), of Claire Street, Newmains, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis, but co-accused Kelly Syme (33), of The Broadway, Craigneuk, and James Richardson (28), of Glasgow Road, Craigneuk, had their not guilty pleas accepted.

An allegation that all three were concerned in the supply of cocaine was dropped.

Denholm was caught red-handed in a £1.3 million heroin handover in Cleland in May last year.

Police officers recovered 15 kilos of the Class A drug after a tip-off and a surveillance operation. Elaine Crosbie had travelled from Liverpool with the heroin which she gave to Denholm. She was jailed for six years while Denholm got eight years.

Defence agent Stephen MacBride urged Sheriff Thomas Millar not to add to that sentence. The sheriff jailed Denholm for 27 months to take effect immediately.