A DRUMCHAPEL postman was caught red-handed with £1,600 worth of drugs as he was on his way to celebrate Rangers' title win.

Greig Hally, of Ladyloan Gardens, was snared by police while he was on his way to Bearsden to celebrate Ranger's winning the Scottish Premiership title on May 15, last year.

The cops, who were on mobile patrol, saw a white van pass them at speed, so brought the vehicle to a stop on Roman Road.

When speaking with Hally they noticed a strong smell of cannabis, so searched the van.

At Dumbarton Sheriff Court, procurator fiscal Daisy Bentley said officers found £550 cash in the 21-year-old's shorts pocket, and a small black bag was recovered from the van which contained several polythene bags of white powder.

Also recovered was a small bag of herbal cannabis and two mobile phones in a jacket on the passenger's seat.

Ms Bentley added that the 33.3 grams of white powder was found to be cocaine and was valued at £1,660. Meanwhile the 3.6g of cannabis was valued at £30.

His defence solicitor said: "He was meeting his friends to celebrate his football team's trophy win.

"He accepts that he was responsible for getting the drugs and selling them to his friends.

"In the report, it states he accepts full responsibility and he regrets his actions.

"Since then he works five days a week for Royal Mail as a postman and works overtime.

"He has stated he now does not associate himself with his peers he was with and therefore no longer finds himself around drugs.

"He spends most of his time working and his spare time playing football or boxing therefore he is keeping himself busy.

"He understands the seriousness of these charges. He is willing to comply with unpaid work."

Sheriff John Hamilton placed Hally on a community payback order for 12 months under social work supervision and must complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

After sentencing and addressing Hally the sheriff said: "You are lucky you are not going to jail for this. This was a significant amount of cocaine and the circumstances are not particularly mitigating."