A TOP prosecutor today told how an entire drugs network – from the top man to the street dealers – has been brought down by authorities.
Andy Shanks, Procurator Fiscal, High Court for the North of Scotland, spoke after the last man involved in an Aberdeen-based drugs group was sentenced for his crimes.
His prison term brings the total jail time for seven of the 10 members of the group to more than 17 years.
At the High Court in Edinburgh, Thomas Bruffell, 31, was jailed for 16 months after previously pleading guilty to being involved in the supply of cannabis.
Bruffell, of Liverpool, was part of a group who were involved in dealing heroin, cocaine and cannabis in the Aberdeen area.
Speaking at the conclusion of the case, Mr Shanks said: “A whole drugs network, from those at the top right down to the couriers and street dealers, has now been brought to justice.
“This operation took tens of thousands of pounds of drugs off the streets of Aberdeen and resulted in the imprisonment of seven of the accused for more than 17 years.”
Bruffell’s nine co-accused were sentenced earlier this year.
Michael Andrew Hugh Clark, 29 – described as the head of the organised crime group – was jailed for five years and two months after admitting being concerned in the supply of heroin.
His second in command, Jaimie Jay Campbell, 22, was sentenced to three years, eight months in prison for the same crime.
Lee Hulse, 21, and Lee Nicol, 24, were trusted to deal with the drug stashes and were sentenced to 13 months and two years, and five months respectively after they admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin.
Kevin Tolmie, 31, Scott White, 30, and Stewart Sutherland, 24, also pleaded guilty to being involved in the supply of heroin and were sentenced to two years six months in prison, 18 months in jail and 200 hours of unpaid work respectively.
Gary Clark, 33, admitted being involved in the supply of cannabis and was also sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work
Alexander Kenneth McPherson, 28, pleaded guilty to being involved in the supply of cocaine and also received a 200 hour unpaid work order.