AN unemployed man today admitted storing heroin with a potential street value of more that £5.8m in his home.

Police officers who raided 39-year-old Daniel McIntosh's one-bedroom flat in Maryhill, Glasgow discovered 16 kilos of the drug.

If divided down into tenner bags it would have the potential to supply 586,585 users - the equivalent of the population of Glasgow city.

The heroin was found in a carrier bag and a holdall in the hall cupboard and in a holdall in the bedroom.

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At the High Court in Glasgow McIntosh admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin at his flat in Guthrie Street, Glasgow, on September 5, last year.

Prosecutor Blair Speed said: "It is accepted that the accused was trusted with the safekeeping of a large quantity of controlled drugs for the onward distribution by others. The accused was trusted to hold the heroin for others.

“The total potential street value of the heroin recovered in this case is approximately £5,865,850 if the drug were subdivided into £10 bag deals."

The court heard that police armed with a warrant began their search at 12.10pm.

Mr Speed said: “The officers recovered a substantial quantity of heroin from various bags and sacks in the hall cupboard and in the bedroom. Sundry other items of drug-related paraphernalia were also recovered.”

A significant amount of the heroin found was of between 50 and 60 per cent purity. Street heroin is normally around 13 per cent pure.

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Defence counsel Tony Lenehan said: “This is a man who worked solidly from leaving school. Prior to this event he had something of a downward spiral after losing his job for the first time ever.

“He ended up with a drug debt as he became a user. He stored these drugs to satisfy a drug debt.

McIntosh, a first offender, will be sentenced at Edinburgh High Court on August 27.

Judge Lord Fairley deferred sentence on him for background reports and granted him bail.