A MAN 'invited' cops into his home after telling them he had heroin in his bedroom.

Matthew Parsons, 56, was stopped by police on Castlebay Drive, Milton, on November 9 last year.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court last week, prosecutor Laura Martin said officers had reason to search Parsons when he was walking in the street at midnight.

She added: “During the search, the accused freely stated he had heroin in his bedroom.

“There was nothing recovered from the search of the accused’s person.

“He then provided consent for police to enter his home and recover the items.”

The court heard that 48 wraps of brown powder were found.

They weighed a total of 26 grams, which was valued at £600.

Parsons was not cautioned and charged, as the drugs had to be tested. A positive result for heroin was later established.

He appeared at court for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to being in possession of the class A drug, with intent to supply it to others.

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Sheriff Valerie Mays asked if any other drug paraphernalia was found within the property.

The fiscal depute replied “no”.

Parson’s lawyer said: “There is obvious naivety given the circumstances of this offence.

"Police had seen him outside and spoke to him. He almost immediately advised police and invited them into his home without a search warrant.

“He only has one previous conviction from last year - possession of heroin. He suffers from an addiction to heroin and has done for many years since he was a young man.

“His record does not really reflect that. People with addiction often have lengthy records.

“He has always worked.

“This came about by him being provided with drugs and building up debt with drug dealers. He was told he would be able to pay off his debt by becoming involved in this activity.”

The defence solicitor added that his client would benefit from supervision to help him deal with his addiction.

He said that Parsons would comply with any community-based disposal, and added: “He is very fearful of a custodial sentence.

“Given the lack of record, I would ask you to step back from custody.”

Sheriff Valerie Mays said: “The court does take a serious view of this type of offence, and even those who play a small part, as that’s how the drugs are distributed into the community.

“You pleaded guilty at the first opportunity. You didn’t minimise your guilt in any way. Given you have a very limited record, I can deal with this by alternative to custody.”

Parsons, of Milton, was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and was placed under social work supervision for one year with a requirement to engage with addiction services.