Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police
A man has been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment following what is believed to be the UK’s largest residential seizure of MDMA and crystal meth. The total street-value of drugs seized in the operation amounted to £2.3 million.
Patrick Scotland, 28 (24.02.92), of Canada Way, W12 was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, 10 July after pleading guilty to:
– Three counts of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug (MDMA, LSD, Methylamphetamine);
– Two counts of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug (Ketamine, Cannabis Resin);
– Being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of a prohibition on the importation of a Class A drug;
– Possession of a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid/gas/electrical incapacitation device.
He pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown court on Thursday, 9 July.
On Wednesday, 12 February, police were alerted by council staff – who were completing routine gas safety checks at Scotland’s address – to a large quantity of suspected Class A drugs within the premises. Officers carried out a search of the property and found sealed bags and tupperware tubs containing various types of pills and powders including several kilos of crystal meth; MDMA and cocaine; 185,000 ecstasy pills; eight kilos of cannabis resin; and, more than 10,000 LSD tabs, along with drug paraphernalia.
The 87kg of drugs seized in this operation are estimated to hold a street value of approximately £2.3 million – the largest known seizure of MDMA and crystal meth from a residential address in the UK to date.
It also appears to be the first seizure of its kind in regards to the dismantling of a Dark Web drugs site in the UK. Scotland was linked to the site post-arrest and the drugs advertised were identified as the same as those recovered from his address. The pills were linked to Scotland due to the unique motifs stamped on them.
Detective Sergeant Kieran Curry, of the Central West Gangs Unit, said: “This operation led to a significant quantity of Class A and B drugs being taken off the streets of London. I am delighted with today’s outcome and believe that it serves as evidence of our zero tolerance approach towards drug dealing in our community.
“We will continue working to disrupt the distribution of illegal substances in our boroughs – ensuring those involved are brought to justice.”