Shameful ex-police inspector performed position in large drug smuggling operation from Spain
A former SHAMED police inspector is behind bars for his position in a large drug trafficking operation.
David Brown, 51, was trapped after being recruited by transport firm boss Lawrence Phee, who ran the unlawful enterprise.
Prosecutors have revealed how medicine have been being imported from Spain to Scotland hidden in machines.
Police then seized cocaine, hashish resin and natural hashish value over £ 2million.
Brown – as soon as praised for his work with the UK Transport Police – claimed he was duped into drug trafficking after being arrested, able to board a ferry to Eire in December 2018.
The crime can now be reported after a trial within the Excessive Court docket in Glasgow.
Brown and Patrick Hattie, 52 – an affiliate of Phee – have been each sentenced on Tuesday for concern over the availability of the three medicine to Cairryan, Shotts, Coatbridge and elsewhere in Scotland between November 1 and December 1, 2018.
Phee, from Airdrie, was jailed for eight and a half years in 2020 after pleading responsible to the identical expenses.
Denunciation of this had been prohibited till the top of this trial.
Brown, of Carfin, North Lanarkshire and Hattie, of Airdrie, have been remanded in custody pending sentencing subsequent month in Livingston Excessive Court docket.
Brown was beforehand jailed in 2016 for fraud whereas serving as an officer within the UK Transport Police.
Decide Lord Summers instructed Brown and Hattie: “You have been each discovered responsible by the jury. I’ll proceed this for the substantive studies and you’re each in remand. ”
A courtroom listening to final 12 months was made conscious of how Phee ran the operation from his base in North Lanarkshire between November 1, 2017 and December 1, 2018.
Prosecutor Alan Cameron stated: “The medicine have been transported from the Alicante area in Spain to the UK with industrial equipment.
“They have been largely turbines and compressors.
“The medicine have been hidden after which transported in truck trailers pushed by quite a lot of people and companies.
“Drivers of automobiles and operators of transport firms have been typically unaware of the presence of medicine.”
The courtroom heard Phee organized for round 15 shipments to be produced from Spain to the UK and typically to the Republic of Eire.
This usually concerned contacting transport firms utilizing a pseudonym and a false firm title – like Pat Kelly of Kelly Compressors.
Mr Cameron stated the whole quantity of medicine smuggled in was unknown.
However, two incidents gave a “glimpse” of the large-scale operation.
In Might 2018, Phee – generally known as Pat Kelly – and two associates met with a transport firm in Alicante.
An enormous generator wrapped in plastic movie was then loaded onto a truck.
The truck drivers have been then arrested by police in France.
A complete of 126 kg of natural hashish was discovered hidden contained in the generator.
The harmless drivers have been detained for 2 days earlier than being launched.
Natural hashish had a value in Scotland of £ 504,000 and £ 750,000 in Eire, if offered in kilograms.
However, Mr Cameron stated “the utmost potential worth can be better” if the medicine have been additional damaged down.
On December 1, 2018, a van pushed by Brown was stopped by police on the Cairnryan ferry port in Dumfries and Galloway.
He claimed to be a courier who picked up a cargo from Kelly Compressors at Shotts.
One of many officers – who was conversant in the machines – was cautious of modifications made to a gas tank throughout transport.
Mr Cameron: “When it was absolutely open it was about three-quarters stuffed with packages of managed medicine.”
It appeared that Phee had adopted the van to Cairnryan, however was not associated to the seizure on the time.
A complete of 4 kg of cocaine, 23 kg of natural hashish and 5,072 bars of hashish resin have been found.
The medicine have been valued at £ 600,000 in Scotland – £ 1million in Eire – however make much more cash if damaged up into small avenue offers.
Brown – who additionally knew Hattie – instructed jurors how he was supplied work on quick discover of a visit to Eire utilizing a van employed by Kelly Compressors.
The car was loaded by a relative of Phee on the yard right into a Shotts.
His QC Tony Graham requested, “What do you suppose you’re carrying?”
Brown: “I assumed it was an oil tank, as described within the paperwork.”
Brown stated he had “no considerations” when he arrived in Cairnryan.
However he continued, “The police directed me to a lane. A couple of hours later I heard somebody within the again (of the van) say ‘sure’.
“I stated to one of many officers, ‘What is going on on? “. He stated he thought he had discovered one thing.”
Mr Graham instructed him: “It may be urged that you’re a man who illegally obtained concerned within the drug commerce for a number of kilos.”
Brown: “Completely not.”
He claimed to have been “gutted” for being duped and that “as a former policeman” folks might imagine he was someway “accountable”.
Hattie had additionally denied being concerned in drug trafficking. His QC had argued throughout the trial that Hattie had no trigger to reply and that the costs needs to be dropped.