30th Jun, 2022

Man jailed for drug smuggling offences in Coventry

A MAN has been jailed for attempting to smuggle more than 4,000 ecstasy pills through Coventry Border Force in cans of coffee powder.

Barrhead man Gary Millan is facing nine months in jail after the haul of MDMA was seized by Border Force officers at the Coventry international postal hub in May last year.

The consignment from Belgium was destined for an address in Aurs Drive, Barrhead, near Glasgow, and had an estimated street value in excess of £40,000.

Police raided the address and arrested the 28-year-old on suspicion of the importation and supply of class A drugs.

The case was referred to the joint National Crime Agency and Police Scotland Organised Crime Partnership following the seizure of the haul.

On May 2, Millan pleaded guilty at Paisley Sheriff Court to offences under the Customs and Excise Management Act and the Misuse of Drugs Act.

On June 27 he was sentenced to nine months in prison by the same court.

NCA Scotland branch commander Ian Thomas said: “Cases like this demonstrate that this kind of criminality crosses international borders.

“Working with our partners at Border Force and Police Scotland we are determined to do all we can to disrupt the criminal networks involved in drug supply and distribution, and protect the people of Scotland.”

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