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Hard work and dedication honored – Union Daily Times

UNION COUNTY The year 2019 was a busy and challenging one for the Union County Sheriffs Office which earlier this month honored its employees at its Annual Breakfast/Awards Banquet during which Sheriff David Taylor reviewed the year and those challenges as well as a continuing problem his office faces.

The banquet was held on Wednesday, January 8, and the employees of the Sheriffs Office were treated by Taylor to breakfast in recognition of their hard work and dedication during 2019.

As in previous years, awards were presented to Sheriffs Office personnel who excelled during the preceding year. Those receiving awards for excelling in the performance of their duties in 2019 were:

Major John Sherfield and Dr. John Flood Special Response Team Award

Deputy Kristen Spencer Deputy of the Year

Investigator Roxie Belue Investigator of the Year

911 Dispatchers Robert Garner and Nikia Brannon Dispatchers of the Year

A Year In Review

Like its predecessors, this years banquet was also a time for taking stock of the previous year, and Taylor did just that, giving a detailed presentation of A Year in Review.

Shootings

Violence, including violence involving law enforcement personnel, is something all law enforcement agencies must deal with as they serve and protect their respective communities and that was the case in 2019 for the Sheriffs Office which had to deal with two officer involved shootings. In his remarks, Taylor said that the number of officer involved shootings in 2019 was unprecedented for his office, but is a reflection of the realities of modern day society.

This is a sign of the times we are living in today, Taylor said. I cannot remember ever having this to happen in the history of Union County.

Investigations

The investigation of crime is one of the major responsibilities of law enforcement agencies and there was plenty for the Sheriffs Office to investigate in 2019, just not quite as much as in 2018.

Taylor said that the number of cases assigned to investigators of the Sheriffs Office declined slightly from 730 in 2018 to 705 in 2019.

Though the number of cases needing to be investigated declined between 2018 and 2019, Taylor reported that the Sheriffs Office saw a significant increase when it came to illegal drugs with 7,514 grams of Methamphetamine seized in 2019 compared to 252 grams in 2018. The amount of Heroin seized by the Sheriffs Office also increased, going from 9 grams seized in 2018 to 49 grams seized in 2019.

The amount of overall crime is symbolic to the amount of drug use in the county, Taylor said.

Special Units

2019 was also a challenging time for the special units of the Sheriff Office: the Special Response Team (SRT) and Bloodhound Unit and K-9 Drug Unit and their deployments during the year.

Taylor the SRT was deployed 10 times in 2019 compared to 7 in 2018 and he said he believes that in the future the SRT will grow in personnel and call-for-service due to the volatile times we are living in.

As for the Bloodhound Unit, Taylor said that in 2019 it was deployed 37 times, up two from 35 deployments in 2018.

These units stay extremely busy throughout the year, Taylor said. If they are not out running calls then they are training.

Of the 37 deployments in 2019, Taylor said 23 resulted in successful captures compared to 17 in 2018. In addition, Taylor said the Bloodhound Unit also recovered 4 weapons and seized $10,000 in currency in 2019.

Concerning the K-9 Drug Unit, Taylor said it was only deployed 14 times in 2019 compared to 51 in 2018. He said this was due to the handler assigned to the unit leaving in early 2019 and the Sheriffs Office having to train and certify another deputy to take over.

Civil Papers And Arrest Warrants

The year also saw an increase in Civil Papers and Arrest Warrants.

In 2019, we served 3,599 Civil Papers versus only 3,520 in 2018 while warrants were up slightly, Taylor said. In 2019, we served 1,828 Arrest Warrants compared to 1,646 in 2018.

While he praised the efforts of all of his deputies for their work serving those Civil Papers and Arrest Warrants, Taylor singled out Deputy Russell Roark for special praise.

Deputy Roark does an outstanding job serving papers for the Sheriffs Office, Taylor said. His knowledge of people helps because he is able to connect with them and locate people that otherwise dont want to be found.

911

The Union County Emergency Services/911 Dispatch Center is also part of the Union County Sheriffs Office and 2019 was a very busy year for it as well even though, as Taylor pointed out, the actual number of calls and dispatches were down slightly from 2018.

In total, we dispatched 33,533 calls for the Sheriffs Office, City Public Safety, EMS, Union County Fire, and Highway Patrol, Taylor said. These numbers were down from 36,204 in 2018.

Our dispatchers answered a total of 69,927 calls through the 911/Administration lines last year, he said. During 2018 they answered 73,392 calls.

Losing Personnel

Taylor concluded the program by thanking the personnel of the departments of his office for all their hard work and dedication to the citizens of Union County, but also pointed out that his office is having trouble retaining trained personnel.

I know that each of you are overworked and underpaid and hopefully this will be addressed by county council in the near future, Taylor said. We are constantly losing trained personnel to other agencies due to low pay.

The banquet was then closed with a prayer offered by Union County Councilman David Sinclair and Taylor offered his best wishes to all those in attendance.

Photo courtesy of the Union County Sheriffs Office Union County Sheriff David Taylor presents Investigator Roxie Belue with the Investigator of the Year Award for 2019. Belue was one of several Sheriffs Office employees to receive awards for their service in 2019 at the Sheriffs Offices Annual Breakfast/Awards Banquet held January 8.

Photo courtesy of the Union County Sheriffs Office Union County Sheriff David Taylor presents 911 Dispatcher Robert Garner with the Dispatcher of the Year Award for 2019. Garner was one of several Sheriffs Office employees to receive awards for their service in 2019 at the Sheriffs Offices Annual Breakfast/Awards Banquet held January 8.

Photo courtesy of the Union County Sheriffs Office Union County Sheriffs Office Investigator Scott Coffer (left) presents Major John Sherfield (right) with the Special Response Team Award for 2019. Sherfield was one of several Sheriffs Office employees to receive awards for their service in 2019 at the Sheriffs Offices Annual Breakfast/Awards Banquet held January 8. Dr. John Flood, a volunteer, was also honored with the Special Response Team Award but was unable to attend the banquet.

Photo courtesy of the Union County Sheriffs Office Union County Sheriff David Taylor presents Deputy Kristen Spencer with the Deputy of the Year Award for 2019. Spencer was one of several Sheriffs Office employees to receive awards for their service in 2019 at the Sheriffs Offices Annual Breakfast/Awards Banquet held January 8.

Photo courtesy of the Union County Sheriffs Office Union County Sheriff David Taylor presents 911 Dispatcher Nikia Brannon with the Dispatcher of the Year Award for 2019. Brannon was one of several Sheriffs Office employees to receive awards for their service in 2019 at the Sheriffs Offices Annual Breakfast/Awards Banquet held January 8.

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The Race To Find A Cure For Aging – Medium

We want to look & feel young again, and every year we spend hundreds of billions of dollars on beauty serums, cosmetic surgery, and exotic supplements in the hopes of appearing more vibrant, healthy, and desirable.

All of those products, procedures & pills only cover up the symptoms of aging they do nothing to address the cause. While medicine does help us to live longer, at best it has only slowed the ravages of time, and an aging population is driving demand for alternatives to the gradual decline into senescence.

Aging, once thought to be inevitable, is being challenged. For the first time in history, biomedical innovators are starting to view it in a disease model, and not as an inevitability of life and medical science is working to find a cure.

Here are three stories of people from different walks of life who share a singular goal theyre actively working to extend their own lifespans, and sharing what theyve learned on how to achieve it:

Dr. David Sinclair says the solution is to get your NAD+ levels up and hes offering detailed, practical advice on how to do it. In lengthy interviews with Joe Rogan & Rich Roll, as well as his recent book, he discusses the health benefits of intermittent fasting, limiting sugar & red meat, and eating plenty of vegetables but for Sinclair, thats only the beginning.

Sinclair is an award-winning Australian biologist, professor of genetics, and Founding Director of the Paul F. Glenn Laboratory for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging at Harvard University.

His team of 30+ scientists is deeply engaged in studying the mechanisms involved with aging & senescence, and treatments to potentially reverse them. One of the promising life-extension supplements theyve identified is Metformin an inexpensive blood sugar medication that may extend the human lifespan by as much as 10%.

In addition to Metformin, Sinclair is bullish on the prospects of NMN (nicotinamide monomucleotide) for life extension. This vitamin B-3 derivative converts easily into NAD+ inside your cells, which is claimed to improve cellular function and offer rejuvenating effects seen in human clinical trials.

Sinclair claims to have reversed aging in lab mice, and also claims to have knocked more than two decades off his biological age, as well as boasting online that he has the lung capacity, cholesterol and blood pressure of a young adult and the heart rate of an athlete.

If hes right, aging can reversed with NAD+ boosting supplements and thats a big step in a cure for aging and the diseases that come with it.

Others, like Elizabeth Parrish, the CEO of BioViva Sciences, have taken a different route: she underwent experimental gene therapy to lengthen her telomeres & reduce muscle wasting back in 2016, and claims her health has improved since the treatment.

According to Wikipedia, independent testing by SpectraCell Laboratories had revealed Elizabeth Parrishs leukocyte telomere length had been extended from 6.71kb to 7.33kb but in 2018, she reported further lengthening in her telomeres up to 8.12kb, along with an overall growth in muscle mass.

A telomere is a region of repetitive nucleotide sequences at the end of each chromosome that protects it from damage and telomeres get shorter as we age, leading to a variety of aging-related diseases. The initial 10% increase of Parrishs telomeres has been roughly compared to her cells becoming 20 years younger.

However, critics such as Dr. Bradley Johnson at the University of Pennsylvania have questioned her results, stating, Telomere length measurements typically have low precision with variation in measurements of around 10 percent, which is in the range of the reported telomere lengthening apparently experienced by Elizabeth Parrish.

Meet Jim Green, patient zero in a one man experiment in radical anti-aging. He lacks the Sinclair teams funding and cant bioengineer retroviral delivery systems like the Parrish team, but what he lacks in budget he makes up for in courage, innovation & perseverance.

A few years back, Jim decided to tackle aging head-on, and started doing intense research into published scientific papers on aging, cellular senescence, and supplements that led him to a rigorous health regime that he claims has literally reversed his aging.

Jims published a collection of links and notes to all of his papers online, and from talking with him personally several times I can tell you that hes been more than diligent about his research. Josh Mitteldorf also interviewed him recently, and in that interview Jim talked at length about his use of first a nutraceutical called TA-65 and later Astragalus Root Extract as a telomerase activator to give new life to old cells.

Jim has taken the hard road: consuming copious amounts of Astragalus extract along with countless other supplements and a daily exercise routine thats visibly reversed most signs of his aging including his seeing his gray hair regain its youthful color (no, he doesnt dye it, thats natural).

Rather than trying to hide the signs of aging with makeup or plastic surgery, innovators like Sinclair, Parrish & Green have taken action to turn back the clock in the hopes of not only living longer but also living better.

Sinclair has spoken numerous times about aging leading to a tragic loss of human capital & potential that up until now weve taken for granted, but if the research that these innovators are pursuing bears fruit, then it may no longer be our inevitable fate.

Whatever the results of their experiments may ultimately be, their research alone is a testament to our shared desire to stop the sands of time from passing & make the most of every moment that we have.

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OZY Takes You Ahead of the Curve in Science and Technology – OZY

As we approach the last days of 2019, OZY is proud to celebrate being first first to bring you stories about scientific breakthroughs, life-changing tech and researchers working at the forefront of their fields. From virtual reality to robots, blockchain to breast cancer, science and tech are racing forward at a breakneck pace and OZY is right there to keep you informed. Today were devoting OZYs Daily Dose to recent articles in which we were ahead of the curve in science and technology.

As part of our Robots of Tomorrow series, we reported on how fitness firms are turning to artificial intelligence to offer affordable, personalized at-home training, relying on technological advances unavailable at the start of the decade.

Venturing farther into the health and wellness space, we introduced you to David Sinclair, a genetics professor at Harvard whose lab is working to develop a drug that interrupts the aging process, with an eye toward preventing age-related diseases such as cancer, dementia and osteoporosis. OZY was the first to show you a new fabric that promises to slim your body and to consider what impact AI might have on reversing the climbing rates of suicide (which hit a 50-year high in the United States in 2017). Now, artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing are spawning a growing number of startups that are tailoring mentalhealth care to an individuals needs and circumstances in ways unimaginable just five years ago.

The next AI frontier? Academia. With evidence that graduation rates at U.S. universities have been plummeting for half a century, colleges are turning to artificial intelligence and data crunching to help turn the tide by using predictive tools to reach students and address their concerns faster, at times even before the students approach college authorities withtheir problems. AI has even found its way onto your plate via apps and personalization platforms that use artificial intelligence to give restaurant brands and their customers the option to customize their menu and food choices.

And for those who prefer to cook at home but dont relish the drive to the grocery store? OZY was the first to report on a growing number of designers working to bring the grocery store (or office or retail shop) to you. Think of it as a future where spaces for retail, play and work will deliver whatever you order like autonomous cars, but bigger.

In our global coverage of science and tech, we wrote about Chinas turn to robot policing; Brazil, where leading researchers and academics are fleeing the nation in record numbers, hobbling the countrys sciences while helping those abroad; and Togo, where entrepreneurial youth are using rudimentary engineering skills to develop printers, robots, computers and games all from electronic waste.

As another year comes to a close, we celebrate the advances and innovations that science and technology make possible. Theres much more to come in 2020, so stay tuned, OZY fans.

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Lazarus Effect: Sixteen-year study by Dr. Leis resulted in recovery from West Nile for Dr. Bush – Northside Sun

To her long list of medical accomplishments, Jackson ob-gyn Dr. Freda McKissic Bush can now add celebrated research subject.

She recently became the subject of a scientific paper entitled: Lazarus Effect of High Dose Corticosteroids in a Patient with West Nile Virus Encephalitis: A Coincidence or a Clue?

Published in Frontiers of Medicine, the article is co-authored by neurologists Dr. Art Leis of Methodist Rehabilitation Center (MRC) and Dr. David Sinclair of Mississippi Baptist Medical Center.

While Bushs recovery is the focus of the treatise, its a bit of poetic license to compare her experience with that of the Biblical Lazarus. She was not raised from the dead.

But the 71-year-old retired physician said she was on my way out.I was going to die, it was as simple as that, she said.

Bush was suffering from West Nile virus (WNV) encephalitis, a swelling of brain tissue that is one of three neuro-invasive forms of WNV infection.

In the years since WNV first arrived in the United States in 1999, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention has recommended treating infections with only standard supportive care.

But during 16 years of studying neuro-invasive forms of the disease, Leis came to favor prescribing high-dose steroids for the most severe forms of the disease.

The approach seems to quell the bodys immune system attack of inflammation on healthy tissue. But Leis was cautious about using it at first. It is counter-intuitive to weaken the immune system when a patient has encephalitis, Leis said.

To be on the safe side, Leis initially delayed steroid treatment until at least two weeks from the onset of WNV. By 2018, hed begun to rethink that timeline.

The CDC had found that WNV rapidly cleared the body in people with normal immune systems. And Leis own experiences with immune-suppressive treatments had not raised any red flags.

To my knowledge we dont have any cases where treatment with high-dose steroids initiated acute worsening that would suggest the virus had spread, Leis said.

When he was consulted on Bushs case in July 2018, Leis believed her condition demanded an aggressive approach, as did Sinclair.

She was in the ICU in a semi-comatose state for a while, Sinclair said. It was very clear her whole brain was involved and the risk of disability at that point was extremely highif not death.

Leis and Sinclair say they sought to publicize Bushs case because they believe scientific scrutiny of the approach is needed.

Were trying to look at deciding whether patients will improve spontaneously or if steroids are helpful, Sinclair said. This really needs to be studied in a manner where we have a control group who receives the current standard of care intervention.

In the meantime, Leis will continue to contribute as a scientist who has long been on the front lines of WNV research.

In 2002, he and fellow MRC scientist Dr. Dobrivoje Stokic were the first in the world to link WNV to a polio-like paralysis. And over the years, MRC has been a valuable resource for physicians treating West Nile virus infection, as well as a support group site for survivors and their families.

Leis knows well the lifelong impact WNV infection can have. In his office is a five-drawer file cabinet full of patient data, as well as thank-you notes from people hes helped.

For those who have the more severe forms of West Nile virus infection, over half have persistent or delayed symptoms, such as severe, disabling fatigue, persistent headaches, sleep disruptions and trouble concentrating, Leis said.

Some even experience disruption of their autonomic reflex system, which controls everything from blood pressure, cardiac rhythm, sweating, bowel and bladder control to gastrointestinal mobility.

Recently, Leis obtained disease-specific privileges at several metro Jackson hospitals, which will make it easier for him to consult with acute care physicians.

And Sinclair, for one, believes theres no one better than Leis to help guide the care of WNV patients.

I think Im one of a dozen young neurologists in the state who look toward his expertise in the area of neuro-virology, Sinclair said. He has cared for the most West Nile virus patients and dealt with the most severe consequences of that illness. Hes someone I could turn to for advice on cases like that.

Like most long married couples, Lee and Freda McKissic Bush are deeply aware of each others moods.

So on the morning of July 17, 2018, Lee quickly realized something was amiss with his normally talkative wife.

The retired ob-gyn barely whispered yes or no to his questions. And she did not look well.

I stopped getting ready for work and starting paying her attention, he said. Her torso was really burning up.

After trying unsuccessfully to reach Fredas doctor, Lee decided to rush her to the emergency room at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.

Much later she would ask him: Why didnt you call an ambulance?

Too slow, he said.

Freda was well-known at Baptist, having delivered babies there since 1987. But when she arrived that morning, none of the staff had ever seen her like thisnearly unconscious and going downhill fast.

Her medical team quickly began a litany of tests. But it would be almost a week before Lee learned the source of his wifes suffering.

She was diagnosed with West Nile virus encephalitis, a life-threatening form of the mosquito-borne disease.

Whats worse, Lee was being told the condition carried no treatment. They said wed have to wait and see what happens. And I said: Thats my wife youre talking about.

The couple had gotten married in 1969 after only three months of dating. In the years since, theyd reared four children, balanced two demanding careers and supported causes they believed in.

What loomed ahead was more opportunities to give back, as well as time to spend with their 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Surely, this wasnt to be the end of a union between two people whod shared so muchincluding the challenges of each growing up the fifth of nine children.

An engineer by training and a successful businessman, Lee went into problem-solving mode to save his wife.

He took matters into his own hands and said: Somebody has got to tell me something, Freda said.

After some networking, website searches and phone calls, Lee learned one of the nations foremost West Nile virus researchers worked just down the street at Methodist Rehabilitation Center.

Lee arranged a meeting with Dr. Leis, a senior scientist with MRCs Center for Neuroscience and Neurological Recovery. And hell never forget seeing him for the first time.

He walked into this huge waiting room at Baptist and I said: Here comes my angel doctor. He said: Angel? Why did you call me that? I said: Because you are my angel. He said: I dont know if you know this, but my first name is Angel.

Leis advocated treating Freda with high-dose steroids, but he warned it could be risky.

He said steroids will stop her brain from swelling, but it will also stop her immune systemwhich is kind of dangerous, Lee said.

But Leis said he was willing to take the chance because he knew Lee would provide the close observation Freda would need during steroid therapy.

When anyone would urge Lee to leave his wifes side for a well-deserved respite, hed say: Ill leave when she leaves.

He made a decision that his job was taking care of me, Freda said. He wouldnt go to work, and he slept in a chair.

When I realized how much dedication he had given to me, I boohooed. I was overwhelmed. I tell people if I thought I loved him before, it doesnt compare to now.

As Freda began to regain consciousness, she didnt know who she was or where she was, but she was awake, Lee said.

And he made it his mission to keep her roused. I am playing spiritual music, dancing around and walking around her bed praying, he said.

Baptist staff offered spiritual support, too. Every doctor who came by said were praying for her, Lee said. They would pat me on the shoulder and leave out.

The Bushs adult children also came through for their parents. While their son took over for his dad at NCS Trash and Garbage, his three sisters rotated two-week caregiving shifts. And one of Fredas sisters traveled from Washington, D.C., to lend a helping hand.

Freda spent three weeks at Baptist, including 15 days in ICU. Next came another 24 days at MRC, working on skills to regain her independence.

It wasnt easy for the accomplished physician to acknowledge her deficits.

I spent a lot of time crying, she said. I had already retired from medicine, but I was still very active. I was on a lot of boards and was working with the Medical Institute for Sexual Health in Austin. And to think now I couldnt do anything, couldnt even remember. I spent a lot of time crying because I wasnt me.

Lee, on the other hand, never lost hope.

She is my miracle in slow motion, he said. The best thing for me was seeing in her eyes she was getting better and all the miracle steps in the right direction. When she could look at me and smile and say, I love you. Those were the nuances that kept me going.

Today, Freda continues to progress. And while shes chafing for more independenceshe and Lee laugh that they never spent so much time togethershes grateful for his commitment.

I have to give credit to the Lord, she said He put us together, and he kept us together. I say Im so sorry I got West Nile, but Im so glad God gave me Lee Bush.

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Last surviving Viking-inspired boat that served a now- abandoned island goes up for auction – The Scotsman

It was modelled on the great Viking boats once found in the seas around Scotlandbut it lay broken on a beach for years after an enormous bull, who was being transported to the mainland, got a fright and put its hoof through the bottom.

Now, one of the last surviving examples of the Original Stroma Yoles is being sold at Sotheby's auction house next month after its remains were collected from the shore and painstakingly restored over a 20-year period.

The boat, called Bee, is expected to fetch up to 15,000 when it goes under the hammer with it being sold by The Berwickshire Maritime Trust, who have used it to teach traditional sailing skills to young people.

READ MORE: The eerie photographs of the abandoned island of Stroma

Built in 1904, the Bee is Nordic in design and closely related in shape to the Shetland Yoal and Sgoth Niseach of the Outer Hebrides, which were commonly used in the Orkney Islands and around the north of Scotland from the 8th and 9th centuries until well into the 20th century.

The people of Stroma, a tiny now-abandoned island which sits between Caithness and Orkney, took the Yole design and made it larger, fuller and heavier to cope with the treacherous waters of the Pentland Firth with the Bee serving as the island's only livestock boat for more than 50 years.

READ MORE: The odd case of the mummified bodies of Stroma

Lucy Brown, Head of Sothebys Edinburgh Office, said: The hull of Bee is one of the last remaining examples of the original Stroma Yoles.

"Sadly, so many wooden boats simply rot away but Bee was built to survive. Her design was purpose built for her environment; today, the tradition of building boats to suit local conditions has almost vanished, making Bees survival even more significant.

"That proceeds from the sale will benefit a maritime trust dedicated to the promotion of seafaring is a fitting follow-on chapter to Bees 100-year history.

Bee was built at Harrow near Mey in 1904 and registered to the Port of Wick in 1912 to owners 'David Sinclair and other residents of Stroma'.

The main occupations of islanders, which was abandoned in 1962, were long line fishing for cod and crofting.

In Anne Houstons book Lest We Forget Canisbay, there is a description of Bee being used to transport a horse to the island. The charge for transporting a beast was one shilling and it took 12 strong men to load horses or cattle onto the boat.

In 1941, a bull belonging to the Department of Agriculture was being transported back to the mainland aboard Bee

when the animal took fright and put its hoof through the bottom of the boat.

The crofters had to return to the island in a hurry and Sutherland Mason, who was a young boy living on the island at that time, remembers all the local families were given a joint of beef.

He also remembers Bee lying damaged on the beach at Stroma for many years.

When the island was abandoned, so was Bee but the boat was later rescued and bought in 1968 from descendants of the original owners for 1 and towed to the mainland for repair.

Bee was restored and cared for by John William Laird, Stan Anderson and Colin Heape with the boat now moored in Eyemouth Harbour.

She has sailed to the Summer Isles, through the Caledonian Canal, to Cromarty and Nairn on the Moray Firth and to the Portsoy Traditional Boat Festival.

Bee will be sold at the Sotheby's Art of Travel online auction, which from December 2 to December 12.

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Dealer jailed after raid uncovers 44k of drugs – Daily Record

A drug dealer was left counting the cost this week after police seized almost 44,000 worth of illicit substances following a raid on his flat at a Perth housing estate.

Perth Sheriff Court was told officers took possession of more than 1000 ecstasy tablets, in excess of 1300 grammes of cannabis and nearly 2000 grammes of amphetamine when they went to Kamil Morawaskis housing association flat in the Fairfield area of the city.

They also discovered more than 5000, stuffed in envelopes and hidden under a mattress, as well as other cash and euros totalling more than 500.

The 31-year-old was jailed for 54 months after he admitted being concerned in the class A and class B drugs at his first floor flat in McCallum Court, Perth, between January 31 and July 31, 2019.

His lawyer, David Sinclair, said extradition was awaiting him at the conclusion of the Perth proceedings and he would be returned to Poland to complete his sentence.

Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson said the prosecution had also raised a proceeds of crime action against him in a bid to claw back some of the cash he had dishonestly obtained.

An earlier motion to forfeit the cash seized by police was withdrawn.

Imposing the lengthy jail term, Sheriff Foulis noted Morawski had a previous conviction for a cannabis offence in his homeland.

If the matter had gone to trial, there would have been a very real prospect he would have been remitted to the High Court for sentence where lengthier jail terms can be imposed.

But he added: I am persuaded - just - that it can remain in this court.

You have held your hands up and accepted responsibility at the earliest stage...and you did not shy away from taking responsibility for your actions.

Nor, indeed, did you try to mask the reason for your actions in any way.

Such honesty is, bluntly, refreshing.

Mr Sinclair explained his client had been involved in the drugs scene for around six months.

Any drugs sold were to people that he knew - predominantly in the Polish community - and others that he knew at local level.

He has clearly acknowledged he was seeking to improve his family life but took the short way of doing so.

He recognises, with the benefit of hindsight, this was a huge mistake and he regrets hes put his family in this position.

The court heard previously that police obtained a drugs search warrant which they executed on July 31.

The accuseds house was searched and several tubs containing cannabis, ecstasy tablets and amphetamines were discovered.

Officers also found drugs paraphernalia, including a tick list, which indicated to officers he was supplying drugs on a commercial basis.

A total of 5140, contained in envelopes hidden under a mattress, along with 320 in cash, found on top of a chest of drawers, and 265 euros, discovered in a dressing table, were also seized.

The following substances were recovered: a total of 1120 class A ecstasy tablets, with a maximum illicit value of 11,200; 1309.76 grammes of Class B cannabis, worth 13,090; and 1945.08 grammes of class B amphetamines, with a street value of 19,450.

When interviewed by police, Morawski admitted he was a drug dealer and that he had been selling cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamine for around six months for financial gain.

Sheriff Foulis said the amount of drugs and cash recovered represented only a snapshot of the position at July 31.

He added: It does not - and cannot - give any indication as to the value of drugs which passed through your hands between January 31 and July 31 of this year.

He stated, however, that it would not have been insubstantial.

The jail term was backdated to August 1 when Morawaski was first remanded.

A preliminary hearing to consider the proceeds of crime action has been fixed for February 18.

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