A DEALER has been removed from the streets of Ayr after police uncovered his cannabis ridden drug den.

Andrew Ramage is now behind bars thanks to the cop bust, which discovered weed worth up to £20,000.

Officers raided his Dalmilling property in June last year with a search warrant, seizing huge chunks of the Class C Drug.

They found marijuana with a potential street value of £10,000 buried in a suitcase at the Good Shepherd Court address.

About £3,900 worth of the illicit substance was also unearthed in an Ikea bag.

Other amounts were kept in various suitcases, self seal bags and in the bedroom.

Last week, one year on, Ramage stood in the dock at Ayr Sheriff Court to face his punishment.

He appeared on a charge of supplying drugs.

His defence lawyer, Mr Miller, said his client “accepts full responsibility” but “feels he was forced into this.” The solicitor told the court how the 54-year-old’s brother was in debt and Ramage tried to assist by keeping the drugs at his house.

He pointed out that the dad-of one had another previous analogous conviction, dating back to 2013.

The lawyer asked Sheriff John Montgomery to consider a community payback order instead of jail.

But Ramage was handcuffed and led away to the cells last Wednesday — after being handed a 33 month prison sentence.