Thug spat at police worker after being caught with valium

A ned spat in a police worker’s face after being caught with 107,000 blue plague pills.

Thomas Cooper was jailed for a year on Friday following a raid on his home in Newmains.

The 33-year-old admitted assault and being concerned in the supply of street valium worth £53,500 in 2019.

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Hamilton Sheriff Court heard police found the tablets in 11 bags after an intelligence-led raid on Cooper’s home.

After his arrest he “became difficult” at Motherwell police station.

Cooper was jailed at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Friday. (Image: Hamilton Advertiser)

Prosecutor Neil Thomson said: “As he was being led away from the charge bar, the accused spat in the face of a female custody officer and the saliva struck her forehead.”

Defence agent Diarmid Bruce said his client had been in debt to dealers and agreed to store the pills for them.

On the spitting incident, the lawyer Mr Bruce said: “It’s disgusting, but he hadn’t taken his medication that day and became restless in the police station.”

Sheriff Linda Nicolson said Cooper had “a significant record for violence against the police” and a jail sentence was the appropriate option.

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Daily Record – Motherwell