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Jail for drugs gang

Five members of an organised crime group have been jailed after they were caught with drugs worth more than £320,000.

Anthony Shrimpton, 39, was found guilty last month of directing serious organised crime and three counts of supplying drugs.

Lee Shrimpton, 37, John Campbell, 49, Harald Reid, 25 all admitted supplying drugs while Elliot Edwards, 22, admitted an offence under proceeds of crime legislation.

Anthony Shrimpton was responsible for trafficking significant quantities of cocaine, cannabis and cannabis resin between Liverpool and the north-east of Scotland.

A police surveillance operation uncovered an organised criminal network led by Anthony Shrimpton who directed others on how drugs would be distributed and sold across Aberdeen and surrounding areas.

The court heard that Campbell supplied cannabis resin bars worth more than £18,000 to another man in November 2016. Reid then instructed the man where to deliver the cannabis and who to collect money from.

Police recovered cannabis resin bars worth £80,000 and cocaine worth nearly £91,000 in a white Fiat van Lee Shrimpton had driven from Liverpool to Aberdeen in early December 2016.

Later that month Edwards and another man were arrested at a bar in Glasgow carrying bags filled with cash totalling nearly £30,000 made from the sale of drugs.

A further £95,000 of cocaine and £16,000 each of cannabis and cannabis resin was seized by police in January 2017 from a white Chrysler van being driven by a man who had been directed by Anthony Shrimpton.

Lee Shrimpton was jailed for over three and a half years at Glasgow High Court today while Elliot Edwards received a community payback order.

The other three gang members were jailed for a total of more than 16 years earlier this month.

A Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) was also imposed against Anthony Shrimpton. The order, which lasts for five years after he is released from prison, places restrictions on his travel to Scotland and association with seven people, including some of those involved in the case.

Procurator Fiscal for Specialist Casework, Liam Murphy, said:

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

“This was an extensive network of drug trafficking aimed at bringing significant quantities of illegal substances into the north-east of Scotland. 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.”