Drug-dealing charges against Rugby man dropped

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Prosecutors have dropped their case against a men for allegedly conspiring to supply heroin in Rugby.

More than 40 people were arrested in November at the end of a huge undercover police operation and charged with conspiring to supply class A drugs.

Among those who have appeared at Warwick Crown Court for preliminary hearings was Scott McGregor, 29, of Hardwick Court, Rugby.

But his case was listed again at the request of the prosecution, and the court was told it was now considered there was insufficient evidence to support the conspiracy charge.

McGregor then pleaded not guilty to conspiring to supply heroin between September 2010 and November last year, but guilty to possessing a quantity of the drug for his own use.

His barrister Matthew Brook asked for him to be sentenced, pointing out McGregor had £80 of heroin on him when arrested.

And since his arrest he had been on remand for what would be the equivalent of a four-month sentence.

Judge Marten Coates said he was reluctant to sentence McGregor without him having some support for his drug problem, which he has been tackling while on remand. He adjourned sentence on McGregor for a report to be prepared on him with a view to a drug rehabilitation order – and granted him bail to enable him to turn up for work.

The judge told McGregor: “You’ve made a start with two months off heroin.

“Let’s get a report to see how you can build on that and keep off it forever.”