THE RINGLEADER of a West Lothian crime group has been jailed following a police operation.
Adnan Ul-Haq from Livingston was sentenced to serve nine years in prison at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday (Monday), having previously been convicted of drug offences.
Detectives carried out an investigation into a group of men believed to be responsible for trafficking drugs into West Lothian and Edinburgh from Manchester between June and September 2010.
The operation resulted in approximately £500,000 worth of cocaine being seized.
Six men were arrested and four were earlier sentenced to over 20 years in jail. A fifth man was given community service.
Detective Chief Inspector Sean Scott said: “Lothian and Borders Police continue to gather intelligence on those involved in serious and organised crime and will utilise all resources at our disposal to bring these individuals to justice.
“Adnan Ul-Haq and his associates were responsible for plaguing our communities with Class A drugs and thanks to the assistance and support of the public, we have been able to shut down their operations and ensure they spend a lengthy time behind bars.
“Operations such as this are frequently undertaken as we strive to tackle serious and organised crime in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders.
“The recent success of our Made from Crime campaign should send a clear message that we remain active in our pursuit of those engaging in criminal activity.”