UK: Ex-police inspector caught in £2m drugs bust

The BBC reports…

A former police inspector has been convicted for his part in a £2m drug smuggling operation.

David Brown, 51, was caught in a truck while trying to board a ferry from Cairnryan to Northern Ireland in December 2018.

Police went on to seize cocaine, cannabis resin and herbal cannabis from the vehicle.

Prosecutors revealed that drugs were imported from Spain into Scotland hidden inside machinery.

Brown, of Carfin, North Lanarkshire, claimed he had been duped into trafficking the drugs.

He had been recruited by haulage firm boss Lawrence Phee, who ran the drugs gang.

Along with 52-year-old Patrick Hattie – an associate of Phee – Brown was convicted of being concerned in the supply of the three drugs at Cairnryan, Shotts, Coatbridge and elsewhere in Scotland between 1 November and 1 December 2018.

Phee, of Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years in 2020 after he pled guilty to the same charges.

Reporting of that case had been banned until the end of Brown’s trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Brown and Hattie, of Airdrie, were remanded in custody pending sentencing next month at the High Court in Livingston.

Brown was previously jailed in 2016 for fraud while a serving officer in the British Transport Police.


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