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Jail for drug dealers

Three men linked to serious organised crime have been jailed for a total of over 20 years for dealing heroin and cocaine. Mark Simpson, 47, Steven Vidgen, 38, and Lee Wallace, 39, were found with class-A drugs worth more than £100,000 in Aberdeen.

Police raided a property on Hutcheon Court on 22 July 2016 and arrested the men. The arrests followed a covert surveillance operation which recorded Vidgen and Wallace selling drugs at a city park close to families enjoying the park and children playing.

The court heard that Simpson directed the drugs operation in Aberdeen, providing instructions to Wallace and Vidgen on selling the heroin and crack cocaine.

The three men pleaded guilty to two counts of being involved in the supply of class-A drugs, charges which were aggravated by connection with serious organised crime.

Another man, Robert Bell, was bringing drugs to the flat at the same time as the raid and was also arrested. He was jailed for six years in November 2016 after he admitted two charges of being involved in the supply of drugs.

Simpson was jailed for eight and a half years at Glasgow High Court today, while Wallace and Vidgen received sentences of six and a half and five and a half years respectively.

Procurator Fiscal for Homicide and Major Crime, Nicky Patrick, said:

“This case demonstrates our commitment to prosecuting those who bring harmful drugs into our communities.

“Scottish law enforcement is working together to do all in our power to prevent these crimes and to bring those who commit them to justice.”