A DRUG dealer was snared with more than £2,800 of heroin minutes after being searched by police.

Aidan McKenna, 26, was found with the five bags and a set of scales in Glasgow city centre last December.

He had earlier been spotted passing cash to another man by officers but a search of his person was negative.

McKenna pleaded guilty yesterday to supplying heroin while on bail for a separate matter.

The court heard officers witnessed McKenna speaking to a group of men “of drug user appearance” on Gordon Street.

One of the men went to nearby Mitchell Street with McKenna and exchanged money.

Officers searched McKenna who was found with £130 in cash and an iPhone.

Prosecutor Mark Allan said: “No drugs were found on his possession.”

McKenna was allowed to leave but was tracked to West Nile Street where he met his then lover.

She was suspected of being in possession of drugs and the pair were searched.

McKenna was found with a carrier bag containing three totted bags with brown powder and a set of digital scales.

McKenna told officers: “All of you can hear me, that stuff you found is mine, it’s nothing to do with her.”

Mr Allan said: “The bags were tested and weighted and they all tested positive for heroin and had an approximate value of £2,800.”

Ian Moir, defending, will make his plea in mitigation at the sentencing next month.

Sheriff Ian Fleming granted bail meantime to McKenna of Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, and called for background reports.