Part­ner in drugs ring jailed

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

A Dundee man has been jailed for more than four years af­ter he ad­mit­ted be­ing part of a UK drugs ring.

Michael Mur­ray, who is also known as Michael Car­roll, was sen­tenced to four and a half years in prison at the High Court in Glas­gow yes­ter­day.

Car­roll, 33, was part of a gang which was caught with al­most £380,000 of il­le­gal drugs of var­i­ous classes on Au­gust 7 and Septem­ber 28 2017, in Dundee, Glas­gow and other lo­ca­tions across the coun­try.

Two co-de­fen­dants – Lee Curtin, 42, and Don­ald Gray, 50, – were sen­tenced to three years and one month for their roles in the oper­a­tion.

The three men were all caught dur­ing a ma­jor co­or­di­nated po­lice oper­a­tion in Liver­pool. As a re­sult of Oper­a­tion Sil­vara, the deal­ers were dis­cov­ered with more than £12,500 of heroin, £280,000 of cannabis resin, £40,000 of other forms of cannabis and £45,960 of high­pu­rity co­caine.

The group was also rum­bled with £15,000 in cash which had pur­port­edly been earned through il­licit drug deals.

A not guilty plea from an­other co-ac­cused, David Don­ald­son, 39, was ac­cepted by the Crown.

Of­fi­cers from the se­ri­ous crime and counter ter­ror­ism unit at Po­lice Scot­land wel­comed the sen­tences.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble David John­stone said: “To­day’s sen­tenc­ing re-en­forces the mes­sage that se­ri­ous or­gan­ised crime has no place in our so­ci­ety.”

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