Edinburgh Drug Dealer Exploited Vulnerable Man, Turned Flat into Cannabis Den

Nisala Kulatunga, a 22-year-old cannabis dealer, exploited a vulnerable man in Edinburgh's Leith area, turning his flat into a drug den and selling £15,000 of cannabis. Kulatunga pleaded guilty to drug supply and possession, but his sentencing has been deferred due to a lack of a social work report.

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Edinburgh Drug Dealer Exploited Vulnerable Man, Turned Flat into Cannabis Den

Edinburgh Drug Dealer Exploited Vulnerable Man, Turned Flat into Cannabis Den

A 22-year-old cannabis dealer, Nisala Kulatunga, has been caught exploiting a vulnerable man in Edinburgh's Leith area. Kulatunga local befriended the man, who suffered from mental health difficulties, and moved, home, drug into his flat in June 2022. He then turned the flat into a drug den, selling £15,000 of cannabis between June and October 2022.

Why this matters: This case highlights the darker side of the drug trade, where vulnerable individuals are exploited for financial gain, and the devastating impact it can have on their mental health and well-being. It also underscores the need for authorities to take a closer look at the social and economic factors that contribute to the exploitation of vulnerable people in the drug trade.

The victim repeatedly asked Kulatunga to move out, but he refused. Kulatunga took over the flat, moving in his clothes and demanding a set of keys. He then began inviting friends into the flat and selling drugs from 10am to midnight almost every day of the week. The victim's mental well-being was severely impacted, and he had to seek medical attention.

The flat was eventually raided by police in October 2022, and 1240 grams of cannabis with a street value of around £15,500 were found. Mobile phones seized during the raid contained text messages indicative of drug supply. Kulatunga attempted to blame the homeowner, but forensic testing proved that DNA and fingerprints found on a rucksack and plastic bags of cannabis belonged to him.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Kulatunga pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis and possessing the drug. Prosecutor Clare Green described the victim as "particularly vulnerable" and suffering from "various mental health difficulties." Kulatunga's solicitor, Michael Elliot, claimed the dealer was an engineering student and "essentially a runner" for others higher up the drug supply chain.

Kulatunga, a Sri Lankan national, was initially set to be sentenced on May 10, 2024. However, his sentencing has now been deferred for a second time to next month due to the lack of a social work report. The case highlights the exploitation of vulnerable individuals in Edinburgh's drug trade and the impact such criminal activity can have on their mental health and well-being.

Key Takeaways

  • Nisala Kulatunga, 22, exploited a vulnerable man in Edinburgh's Leith area.
  • Kulatunga turned the man's flat into a drug den, selling £15,000 of cannabis.
  • The victim suffered mental health difficulties and was forced to seek medical attention.
  • Kulatunga pleaded guilty to drug supply and possession, claiming he was a "runner" for others.
  • Sentencing has been deferred due to a lack of a social work report.