Gang jailed over supplying £1.72m of drugs

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Four men who admitted being involved in supplying more than £1.72 million worth of drugs have been jailed.

Robert Wright, 55; Terrence Connelly, 31; Brian McCulley, 39; and Peter Ewing, 53, were caught with “significant quantities” of cocaine, cannabis and cannabis resin following a police surveillance operation.

Police arrested McCulley and Ewing after they were seen leaving a yard in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow on December 13, 2017.

Prosecutors said officers found 18kg of cannabis with an estimated street value of £170,000 and 20kg of cannabis resin worth £56,000 in the vehicle.

Wright was later spotted near the yard and arrested.

Later the same day officers followed Connelly when they saw him entering the same yard and found him in a shipping container with white powder on the floor. He was arrested.

Police searched the yard which held three shipping containers as well as a trailer, five vans and a car.

They found 10kg of cocaine worth £407,880 in one of the containers, along with 261kg of cannabis resin worth £732,000 and 47kg of cannabis worth £363,000 in one of the vans.

Drug-making equipment and cutting agents were also found in the yard.

The four men, all from Glasgow, were sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday, having pleaded guilty to drugs offences at a hearing in August.

Nicola Patrick, procurator fiscal for homicide and major crime, said: “This was a coordinated effort to bring significant quantities of illegal and harmful drugs through Scotland.

“These men are now serving prison sentences thanks to an extensive police operation, working with COPFS, to investigate a network of drug supply in the Glasgow area.

“With each case of this kind we can help reduce the harm that these drugs do to Scotland’s communities.”

The Crown Office said Wright was sentenced to eight years while Connelly was jailed for six years.

McCulley was jailed for three years and Ewing was sentenced to 32 months.

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