Brothers jailed over £1.3m drugs

Court: Sec­ond brother jailed for ‘heavy in­volve­ment’ in north-east sup­ply

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRIS JAFFRAY

Drug-deal­ing brothers are both be­hind bars to­day af­ter un­der­cover po­lice net­ted more than £1.3mil­lion of co­caine on the streets of Aberdeen.

De­tec­tives launched Oper­a­tion Hell­fire af­ter re­ceiv­ing in­tel­li­gence that Harry and garry David­son were “heav­ily in­volved” in sup­ply­ing drugs in the north-east.

Harry David­son was jailed for six years in July over co­caine with an es­ti­mated street value of £1.28mil­lion found in a ve­hi­cle in Os­car road, Torry, in March.

His older sib­ling yes­ter­day re­ceived a sen­tence of five years and 219 days fol­low­ing an­other haul be­ing un­cov­ered in the Ban­chory Devenick area.

Po­lice last night cel­e­brated smash­ing what they called “a well-or­gan­ised oper­a­tion”.

Two brothers who were “heav­ily in­volved” in the north-east drug trade have been jailed for a to­tal of 12 years af­ter po­lice seized more than £1.3mil­lion of co­caine on the streets of Aberdeen.

Garry David­son, 27, was sentenced yes­ter­day at Ed­in­burgh High Court to five years and 219 days im­pris­on­ment for his in­volve­ment in the sup­ply of the drug.

He joins younger sib­ling Harry be­hind bars, two months af­ter the 24-yearold was handed a six-year term at Glasgow Crown Court.

In­tel­li­gence about the pair’s ac­tiv­ity led the Gran­ite City-based Or­gan­ised Crime and Counter Ter­ror­ism Unit (OCCTU) to launch Oper­a­tion Hell­fire.

Garry David­son was ar­rested on June 23 fol­low­ing an oper­a­tion which found co­caine with an es­ti­mated street value of £17,700 in the Ban­chory Devenick area on the edge of Aberdeen.

That fol­lowed a swoop in March that un­cov­ered an­other haul of the drug with a street value of £1,285,700 in a ve­hi­cle on Os­car Road, Torry - re­sult­ing in Harry be­ing brought to jus­tice.

Last night De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Robin Sim re­vealed of­fi­cers had en­gaged in “sig­nif­i­cant covert” work to bring the pair to jus­tice.

He said: “Garry and Harry David­son were heav­ily in­volved in the sup­ply of co­caine in Aberdeen and ran a well or­gan­ised oper­a­tion.

“A sig­nif­i­cant covert po­lice oper­a­tion was launched due to in­tel­li­gence re­ceived about the David­son brothers’ in­volve­ment in the sup- ply of drugs. As a re­sult of this po­lice oper­a­tion, a sig­nif­i­cant amount of il­le­gal and harm­ful drugs have been re­moved from our com­mu­nity.

“The sup­ply of il­le­gal drugs is not wel­come in our com­mu­ni­ties and we will con­tinue to take ac­tion to tar­get those who ped­dle drugs.”

He added: “Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the sup­ply of con­trolled drugs is urged to con­tact po­lice on 101.”

MSP Liam Kerr, jus­tice spokesman for the Scottish Con­ser­va­tives, praised po­lice for their ef­forts.

He said: “This was a sig­nif­i­cant oper­a­tion with an enor­mous amount of drugs taken off the streets of the north-east.

“Credit is due to the po­lice force for crack­ing down on two crim­i­nals who were op­er­at­ing with to­tal dis­re­gard for the dam­age their trade was caus­ing in the com­mu­nity.

“This should send a strong mes­sage to oth­ers who are in­volved in drug deal­ing that they will not get away with it.”

“We will con­tinue to take ac­tion to tar­get those who ped­dle drugs”

Garry David­son was sentenced to al­most six years

A po­lice swoop in Os­car Road net­ted £1.3m of co­caine

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