Pair who traf­ficked £38k of drugs jailed

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY ALAN WIL­SON

TWO traf­fick­ers who were con­cerned in the sup­ply of drugs in Dundee and Pais­ley with a pos­si­ble street value of £38,680 have been jailed.

Gary Mal­colm, 45, of Hap­py­hillock Road, ad­mit­ted that on April 29 2016, at a house in Dundee, he was con­cerned in the sup­ply of chloroeth­cathi­none and ben­zo­caine.

Co-ac­cused Reece Smith, 24, of Balerno Street, ad­mit­ted that on April 23 and 24 2016, at Whitfield Gar­dens and Kiln­side Road, Pais­ley, he was con­cerned in the sup­ply of the same drugs.

Dundee Sher­iff Court heard both ac­cused were un­known to each other.

On April 22 2016, a woman drove Smith through to Pais­ley and was paid £250. Smith en­tered an ad­dress and re­turned to the car car­ry­ing a bag which the woman de­scribed as “like a big jute bag” and be­ing “laden down” with some­thing. She claimed she did not ask what was in the bag and then drove Smith back to Dundee where he went into a friend’s house. The friend told po­lice that when Smith came into his home he told him he thought it was “kat” that was in the bag and he told his friend he had been paid £300 to col­lect it from some­one in Pais­ley for some­one else.

On April 29, po­lice of­fi­cers ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at the home ad­dress of Mal­colm and traced him there. He led them to a cup­board where they found a holdall which con­tained a sig­nif­i­cant amount of drugs.

It was found to con­tain a plas­tic bag with 921.51 grams of chloroeth­cathi­none, a foil sa­chet con­tain­ing 1013.08 grams of the same drug along with a plas­tic bag con­tain­ing 59.01 grams of ben­zo­caine. Smith’s fin­ger­prints were found on the foil sa­chet and Mal­colm’s on the holdall, foil packet and the plas­tic bag.

De­pute fis­cal Eilidh Robert­son said of­fi­cers are of the opin­ion that the two bags of chloroeth­cathi­none are kilo­gram deals of the drug.

The value “as seen” would be be­tween £1,000 and £5,000 but if the to­tal quan­tity seized was sub­di­vided and sold in sin­gle gram deals of £15 to £20 bags per deal then the max­i­mum street value would be be­tween £29,010 and £38,680.

Sher­iff Alas­tair Carmichael jailed Mal­colm for 10 months and Smith was re­turned to prison for 160 days to serve the un­ex­pired por­tion of a pre­vi­ous sen­tence and jailed for a fur­ther 16 months on com­ple­tion of the pre­vi­ous jail term.

A SNOOKER ex­hi­bi­tion in Dundee by for­mer World Cham­pion John Hig­gins has raised more than £2,000 for a na­tional char­ity.

John, the win­ner of four cru­cible ti­tles, was at the Tivoli Club for the ex­hi­bi­tion. He played nine mem­bers of the pub­lic, as well as Tele re­porter Steven Rae, rais­ing money for Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease Scot­land.

Reece Smith

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