A man convicted of being involved in serious organised crime has been sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow today (Monday 2 September 2019).
Joseph Lindsay was arrested in Tenerife in December 2018 in relation to his involvement in one of Scotland's major crime groups that operated across the UK, Europe and South America. The 34-year-old pled guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh on 2 August 2019. Today he was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison.
The investigation into Lindsay was part of Operation Escalade, an ongoing investigation into one of the country's top-tier serious organised crime groups. Detective Superintendent Laura Thomson, of the Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit, said, "People involved in serious organised crime can give the illusion of living a glamorous lifestyle but the reality is they are living dangerously, constantly having to look over their shoulder and causing misery to our communities.
"Regardless of the role individuals have in organised crime groups, they are associated with people who do not care about the consequences of their actions, their crimes aren't victimless and they will carry out extreme violence. Police Scotland will continue to disrupt anyone involved in this type of activity on a daily basis.
"I would ask anyone who has information about organised crime in their area, perhaps having seen people with sudden unexplained wealth, to contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."