A MAN who was caught with more than 9000 Valium tablets “foolishly” accepted an offer to make cash.

Aaron Mills appeared in the dock at Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday after he was caught with the pills on January 20.

The court heard the 24-year-old, of Glencairn Road in Dumbarton, was spotted as he entered a row of flats in Abbotshall Avenue by police.

Mills pleaded guilty to intending to supply the class C drug.

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The fiscal depute said: “Police saw him leave [the flats] with a blue carrier bag which appeared to have some weight in it.

“He got in a taxi. Police stopped the taxi for a routine check and spoke with him. He appeared to be nervous.

“When asked what was within the blue carrier bag, he stated ‘pills’.”

The value of the pills was unknown; however, it was estimated it could be more than £4000.

Mills’s defence agent said his client “put his hands up” to the offence.

He said: “Having lost his employment he had for a number of years as a taxi driver and split from his partner, he was not only suffering from a low mood but struggling financially.”

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The court heard Mills had since found employment in a different field. He was sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work – reduced from 200 hours on account of his guilty plea – as a direct alternative to a custody sentence.

Mills has one year to complete his sentence.