More than £21,000 confiscated from Scottish drug dealers

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Confiscation orders totalling more than £21,000 were made against two drug dealers today at The Edinburgh High Court.

 

The confiscation orders mean the two drug dealers who have been convicted of drug dealing must now pay a fine from the proceeds of crime.

 

In the first case, a confiscation order for £14,699 was made against Graeme Malcolm, 45 years-old, from Perth.

 

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Malcolm was involved in arranging the transportation of cocaine via a courier from Liverpool to Scotland.

 

Police discovered that he had been in contact with the supplier and courier, and had travelled to Liverpool to oversee the drugs transaction before returning to Scotland in a separate vehicle.

 

Police Scotland officers stopped the vehicle and found cocaine hidden in a rucksack. He was then sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on 21 June 2013.

 

In the second case, a confiscation order for £6,378 was made against 23 year-old David Evans.

 

On 10 April 2014 a search of an address in Pitsligo turned up £5,318 in cash, as well as cocaine and heroin with a total wholesale value of £17,730. A search of a property connected to Evans in Fraserburgh on 16 April 2014 recovered £1060 in cash and £1,480 worth of cocaine and heroin.

 

On 5 August 2014, he plead guilty to being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs and was sentenced to 3 years 8 months imprisonment.

 

Lindsey Miller, Procurator Fiscal for Organised Crime & Counter Terrorism, said: “Scotland is fast becoming a harder and harder place for drug dealers to do business.

 

“No only do dealers face conviction, imprisonment, and the destruction of any drugs that are seized, but they also face considerable financial scrutiny and the loss of their illegal earnings.

 

“Our Serious Organised Crime Division, and our teams of expert financial analysts and prosecutors, will continue to work with law enforcement agencies across the UK to ensure that all illegal profits are recovered to be re-invested in the community by Scottish Ministers, through the CashBack for Communities programme.”

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