Police sniffer dog named Rebus catches £250,000 cocaine courier

George Caulfield was caught with the drug haul as he got off a train from England in Aberdeen

Sniffer dog: Rebus led officers to £100,000 worth of heroin. Police Scotland (ex Grampian Police) collect

A drug courier caught with cocaine worth more than £250,000 as he tried to avoid a police dog called Rebus was jailed for more than three months.

The animal, which shares the name of Ian Rankin's fictional detective, was deployed along with officers as part of a drugs scanning team at Aberdeen railway station when George Caulfield arrived on a train from England.

Caulfield, 32, was seen to disembark and head towards an exit carrying a holdall, the High Court in Edinburgh heard.

Advocate depute Murdoch MacTaggart said: "When the accused saw a constable and Rebus actively scanning passengers he shouted 'I've left my phone on the train' and turned round and walked back.

"Other officers were alerted to Caulfield's behaviour and he was seen heading for another platform apparently trying to avoid making contact with Rebus and his handler.

“Police pursued him as he made his way towards a train for Dyce and Rebus gave a positive indication that he was in possession of drugs.”

Caulfield, of Cuttholme Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, said he had smoked cannabis a few hours before.

He was detained and told police: "I wouldn't lie to you. I've got stuff in my bag. I was made to take it up."

Two taped packages of cocaine were found in a football top in the holdall he was carrying. One package contained 1.2 kilos of heavily adulterated cocaine which if sold in gram street deals had the potential to make £85,000.

The second was found to hold 300g of the drug of such high purity that it was considered to be importation level cocaine.

The smaller, 59% cocaine had the potential to be bulked out with agents such as benzocaine to provide 2.3 kilos of the drug for street sale, which would have a maximum value of around £170,000.

But Mr MacTaggart said there was an alternative way of selling the higher quality cocaine.

He said: "There is a limited market in the Grampian area for high purity cocaine at user level. The price for such high quality product is open to negotiation and there is limited intelligence available to provide accurate valuations.”

He said intelligence from the area indicated that very pure cocaine could be sold in gram deals for up to £120, approximately three times the value of street deals in a heavily adulterated form of the drug.

Following Caulfield's arrest he was freed on bail at Aberdeen Sheriff Court with a condition that he leave the city and did not return except for legal meetings and court appearances.

Caulfield earlier pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of the Class A drug on October 25 last year.

His counsel Steven Borthwick earlier told the court he was the registered carer for his partner's daughter who suffers from a degenerative condition. He said a background report prepared on him said he appeared genuinely remorseful and there was nothing to suggest he posed a risk to the public.

The judge, Lord Burns, said he had regard that the partner's daughter has a terminal illness.

But he said he could not overlook Caulfield's involvement in the transportation of a "substantial quantity of drugs". He added: "I can accept it is a one-off occurrence and out of character for you.”

Jailing him for 40 months he said Caulfield would have faced a four and a half year jail term if it was not for his early guilty plea.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. At least 6 characters please. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
At least 6 characters please
ShowHide
This field is required. At least 6 characters please.
You have to be 16 or over to join
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
Type your full postcode and select your address This field is required. It doesn't look like you've entered a valid postcode. Can't find your address? Confirm the details you've given us are correct by clicking here

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, including our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Any issues contact us.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.