A 26-YEAR-OLD man caught with more than £7,000 worth of heroin at his home in Hawick has been given a 10-month home curfew and ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work as part of a community payback order.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court was told Corey Gold began dealing the Class A drug to pay off a cannabis debt.

Police seized six wraps of brown powder, of varying weights, and contaminated scales when they raided his home in Galalaw Road on June 30, 2022.

Defence lawyer Ross Dow, explained his client had used cannabis since a young age and it helped with his ADHD.

Gold pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of diamorphine.

Sheriff Peter Paterson pointed out how “poisonous” heroin can be and the deaths it causes.

He warned any repeat would likely attract a custodial sentence.

The night time curfew will be between the hours of 10pm and 7am.