Joseph Lindsay (34) has been convicted of being involved in serious organised crime at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Following Lindsay's guilty plea earlier today, Friday, 2 August 2019, Detective Inspector Martin McGhee, from Police Scotland's Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit, said:
"Due to the weight of evidence facing him, Lindsay has pled guilty to his involvement in serious organised crime, which I welcome.
"His offending was uncovered during Operation Escalade, the ongoing Police Scotland investigation targeting one of this country’s top-tier organised crime groups.
"Despite having fled the United Kingdom to evade prosecution, our partnerships with national and international law enforcement and prosecution agencies led to his quick identification, arrest and extradition from Spanish territories back to Scotland to face prosecution for his crimes.
"This demonstrates Police Scotland’s resolve to tackle serious organised crime and the blight it causes to our communities. It reinforces the message that no criminal is untouchable, even those who flee and base themselves abroad to avoid prosecution.
"I would urge anyone with information on those engaging in organised crime activities to contact Police Scotland via 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111”.