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A drugs trafficker who set up a supply chain into the Western Isles has had £15,000 confiscated.

IPeter McLaren was previously jailed for six years after being caught in a police surveillance operation into organised crime.

The 48-year-old from Glasgow orchestrated the distribution of illegal drugs.

McLaren used a network of people to deliver drugs.

One of his couriers was stopped while trying to smuggle cannabis into Lewis.

The mule was heading to Stornoway when he was stopped at the ferry terminal in Ullapool in August 2014.

Nearly 19kg of cannabis resin - with a street value of around £66,000 - was found in the courier’s bag.

That same month, police seized half a kilo of high purity cocaine from another of his couriers in Glasgow.

As a result of the policing investigation, officers recovered over £240,000 worth of drugs.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard almost £15,000 of notes were found in a golf bag when police stopped his Mercedes vehicle on one occasion.

During a proceeds of crime hearing today a confiscation order was made for that sum.

Crime profits confiscated from drug trafficker

27 February 2017