A CLYDEBANK drug dealer who was caught supplying a class A substance is behind bars.

Alexander Burns, whose address is listed as a prisoner in Greenock, was concerned in the supply of diamorphine in Bruce Street on August 29, 2016 while on bail from Glasgow Sheriff Court.

His defence agent told Dumbarton Sheriff Court on December 19, his client had made significant progress in turning his life around but was expecting a stint in jail.

He said: “It occurred on August 29, 2016 and he was arrested and released for reports that day.

“It was over a year later before he appeared in this court. In that year he had no further offending.

“He’s in a stable relationship with a woman, who has no involvement in this, in face I believe she has two jobs.”

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry said he took the 33-year-old’s good behaviour in to account but could not ignore this was his second conviction for a similar offence.

He told Burns: “The sentence that I’m about to pass might be viewed by some people as being unduly lenient.”

Burns was sentenced to 17 months behind bars, backdated to September 4, and eight months supervised release.

He was warned should he commit another offence of this nature, the sentence will not be as lenient.