A 33 year old has been jailed for four and a half years for dealing and being in possession of a cache of fake Diazapem tablets. Ryan Bradford was arrested after a surveillance operation which captured him distributing the tablets at various locations in Glasgow. A search of a flat in Maryhill recovered around 400,000 tablets and nearly 1.5 kg of powder used in their manufacture.
The tablets were marked with the recognisable Diazepam logo and but were in fact a pyschoactive substance called Etizolam which he was selling as Diazepam.
At the High Court in Glasgow, Bradford pled guilty to supplying a psychoactive substance; possession with intent to supply, and fraud. The offences took place between 1January 2016 when the Act came into force and 26 January 2017 the date of his detention.
In addition to his prison sentence Ryan Bradford is the subject of Proceeds of Crime action, which will seek to remove the profits of his criminal activity.
Speaking following the sentencing, Nicky Patrick, Procurator Fiscal for Major Crime, said:
“Ryan Bradford was prosecuted under the Psychoactive Substances Act which provided flexibility to prosecute these substances even though they were at the time not covered by the Misuse of Drugs Act
“Using all of the tools at our disposal we will continue to work with the police and other agencies to keep communities safe from harm, and prosecute those who seek to profit from crime.
“With each case of this kind we can help reduce the exposure to drugs and the harm they cause to young and vulnerable people in communities across Scotland.”