Police found drugs stash in home close to primary school

Colin Park: Janitor was cleared of drugs charged but lost his job

A STASH of drugs was found at the home of a school janitor, just yards from the primary where he worked.

The amphetamines, worth £3,000, were discovered during a police raid on Colin Park’s home, close to St Ninian’s Roman Catholic Primary, Edinburgh.

Park’s partner, Corina King, 37, yesterday pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs.

The 45-year-old janitor’s not guilty plea to the same offence was accepted, although Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard he had lost his job over the incident.

The pair were arrested after officers swooped on their home in the city’s Restalrig area.

Both were charged with being concerned in the supply of a class B drug.

King, of Restalrig Drive, admitted being concerned in the supply of the drug at the couple’s home address between April 20 and 21 last year.

Fiscal depute Gerard Drugan said 924 grams of the drug, worth £2970, were recovered during the raid on the couple’s home.

The drugs had been taken into the house and handed over to a 14-year-old boy, said the fiscal.

Mr Drugan said there was no suggestion the boy had anything to do with it.

He said that King only became aware the drug was in the house later on in the day.

“The Crown’s position is that she is storing the drug”, said Mr Drugan.

Defence agent Kenneth Cloggie said the bag of drugs was dropped off at her address without her knowledge by someone serving a lengthy high court sentence for violence.

She hid the drugs in a wardrobe after she found out this person was involved, he said.

Mr Cloggie added: “Her partner, who is the former co-accused, was the janitor at St Ninian’s Primary School. He has lost his job as the result of this.”

The court heard that there would be an employment tribunal once the criminal case had concluded.

Sheriff Isabella McColl said: “Whether it’s fair in terms of employment law we will find out.”

The sheriff deferred sentence on King until next month for reports.

Park refused to comment on the case after yesterday’s hearing.