A MAN has been jailed for operating a drug "mobile shop" in a shopping centre car park in broad daylight.

Christopher Keir, 33, appeared from custody at Dumbarton Sheriff Court having admitted to being concerned in the supply of both cocaine and heroin.

The resident of Ledmore Drive, Drumchapel, was seen around 10.35am in a vehicle at St James Retail Park in Dumbarton.

He was in the front passenger seat, the fiscal depute told the court, and officers detected a strong smell of cannabis.

Keir was searched and found to have 12 wraps of cocaine and eight wraps of heroin in his left hoodie pocket.

His gloves were folded into each other and there were another 30 wraps of heroin and 19 of cocaine inside.

Prosecutors said the drugs found on March 13, 2023, were worth a total of £1,070.

Sheriff William Gallacher said it was a "mobile shop" and that Keir admitted to social workers to driving around, offering class A drugs in the town.

"I'm horrified by that," he said in the March 26 hearing.

The defence solicitor accepted: "He has gone further than that in the report."

Sheriff Gallacher said the dealer had claimed "the drugs he supplied never harmed anyone".

The man's lawyer replied that his client "seems to minimise his offending".

Again the sheriff replied by noting the number of times in his career he had attended at a mortuary because of the impact of drugs.

"He understands his offending would have resulted in victims in one way or another," said the lawyer. "He does understand the gravity of the offences to which he pleaded guilty."

Turning to Keir, Sheriff Gallacher said: "Your behaviour was shocking. I have been sitting in this court for over 10 years and I, on a daily basis, see people blighted by the drugs you supplied."

He branded the claims his drugs didn't harm anyone as "despicable" and jailed the man for nine months.

The sheriff told the fiscal depute to report back to the Crown that he was "aghast" that the case was classed as a lower summary one, not solemn with stiffer potential sentences.