Two men have been convicted following the recovery of almost 100kg of cannabis resin - worth a 'street' value of nearly £325,000 - following a specialist operation led by organised crime officers based in Aberdeen.
Daniel Adams, 25, from Aberdeen and 39-year-old Ian Austin from Liverpool pled guilty at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday (Thursday 5 October, 2017) to being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs after a vehicle was stopped on the M74 near Cumbernauld last year following a covert operation.
Officers from the Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit (OCCTU) in Aberdeen launched Operation Lashka after receiving intelligence about the supply of controlled drugs in the city involving the pair.
Whilst returning to Aberdeen on Friday 23 September, 2016, Daniel Adams was stopped on the M74 and later searches of the car he was in recovered almost 100kg of cannabis resin with an estimated value of £323,330.
The seizure was in addition to almost £40,000 in cash being seized from Austin when he was stopped on the M74 near Lockerbie on Thursday 25 August, 2016. Austin had earlier been seen meeting with Adams in Aberdeen and officers were suspicious when they saw Adams place a bag into the passenger window of Austin's car.
Detective Inspector Robin Sim, from the OCCT Unit in Aberdeen, said: "This was a co-ordinated covert operation between specialist teams based throughout Scotland. The ability to deploy specialist resources throughout Scotland means that we can successfully target those involved in the supply of illegal drugs, no matter the location.
"This successful operation has resulted in a significant quantity of illegal drugs being taken off the streets and kept away from our communities and we welcome these convictions."
"Information from our communities about the supply of controlled drugs is vital to our work and I would encourage anyone with information to contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous."