Fife man jailed for heroin dealing at shopping centre


A Fife man, who was drug-dealing next to a shopping centre, has been jailed for 16 months. 

John McCoo, 40, of Bighty Avenue, Glenrothes, had been given early release from a previous prison term when he was caught dealing after police were tipped off by the public. 

McCoo appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court. He previously admitted that on 2nd March at Acorn Court and at his home, he was concerned in the supply of a controlled drug, diamorphine. 

Depute fiscal Sarah Lumsden had told the court that police officers were on foot patrol at 1.50pm at the Kingdom Shopping Centre when members of the public approached them. 

The officers were told someone was drug dealing behind the shopping centre. 

“The police approached the accused and he appeared agitated. He was detained and searched,” said the depute. 

When the police found he was in possession of a bag containing drugs he said, “That’s a good amount. I’m f*****.” 

He told police he also had heroin in his home and when that was recovered, the total amount of heroin had a street value of between £1000 and £4000. 

In 2011, McCoo was jailed for five years and three months at the High Court in Edinburgh for attempted murder. 

He stabbed a friend in the neck in Glasgow in a bizarre row after being accused of not waving to him.


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